Have you missed a trial date, a bench warrant was issued, you need a Maryland bench warrant lawyer? Maryland criminal lawyer Randolph Rice is an experienced and trusted bench warrant attorney. He has helped thousands of clients with bench warrants in Maryland. Don’t wait if you have a bench warrant, call the office today at 410.288.2900 for immediate bench warrant help.
Bench warrants are common in Maryland when a defendant misses a court date. A bench warrants will be issued in Maryland if you miss a criminal or traffic trial date. Bench warrants are sometimes referred to as “arrest warrants.” A bench warrant is issued by a Judge. Where an arrest warrant is usually issued by a commissioner, but a Judge can also issue an arrest warrant.
The Court issued a bench warrant because you missed a trial or hearing or you were late to Court. The Judge may also issue a bench warrant if you previously were issued a summons and it was not served by the police. If criminal charges were filed against you and you fail to appear, the court may convert the summons to a bench/arrest warrant. If there is a bench warrant issued, the Court will forward the warrant to the police station that is closest to your home. Most police departments have warrant task forces that serve bench warrants. These task forces serve warrants everyday.
The longer you wait, the higher the probability the police will find you and arrest you for the bench warrant. The police will be actively looking for you at your home and possible place of employment. If you are stopped and the police run your name, they will arrest you. Don’t wait, talk to Maryland bench warrant lawyer Randolph Rice today – 410.288.2900.
The first step is to determine who issued the bench warrant. If it is a bench warrant issued by a Judge for failing to appear, then we can file a motion. This motion is called a “Motion to Quash a Bench Warrant.” It is advisable to hire a criminal lawyer to execute this warrant. As the Court typically wants to see a lawyer enter his appearance in the matter. This will give the Court some assurance that the defendant will appear at the next trial or hearing date. The motion to quash will lay out who the defendant is and why the defendant missed court. In addition, your criminal defense lawyer will attach any supporting documents explaining why the defendant missed the court date.
Most courts will rule on the motion to quash a bench warrant within One (1) week. Some may act quicker while some jurisdictions may take longer.
If you are arrested while waiting for the Court to rule on the motion to quash the bench warrant. You will be taken before a commissioner or the Judge that issued the bench warrant. If the Judge pre-set the bail, then you can post the bail and you will be released. If the Judge did not set a bail amount, then the commissioner will set the bail amount.
If the motion to quash the bench warrant is granted, the clerk of Court will schedule a new trial/hearing date. This notice will be sent by mail. It is important to pay attention to your mail. The new notice will come in the mail and you don’t want to miss the next trial date.
Attorney Randolph Rice is a former prosecutor. He represents individuals charged with all types of crimes throughout Maryland District and Circuit Courts. Mr. Rice has been filing motions to quash bench warrants in Maryland since 2009. His experience with the Court and rule of law in Maryland gives him a unique advantage when dealing with bench warrants.