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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 Warrant in Maryland

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.

Why Do I Have a Bench 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.

Don’t Wait to Talk to A Maryland Bench Warrant Lawyer

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.

What Can A Maryland Bench Warrant Lawyer Do?

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.

How Long Will it Take to Quash a Bench Warrant?

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.

What happens if I am arrested in the meantime?

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.

What happens if the Court Grants the Motion to Quash the Bench Warrant?

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.

About a Maryland Bench Warrant Lawyer

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.

Maryland Bench Warrant Laws

Criminal Procedure §2-103 Authority of Police Officers

“(b)   A police officer may arrest a person throughout the State without limitations as to jurisdiction if:
(1)   a warrant has been issued against the person;
(2)   the police officer is participating in a joint operation created by an agreement between the primary law enforcement officers;
(3)   the arrest occurs within one of the participating jurisdictions in accordance with the agreement; and
(4)   the police officer is acting in accordance with regulations that the police officer’s employing unit adopts to carry out this section.”

Maryland Rule 4-231 Presence of Defendant

“(a) When Presence Required. A defendant shall be present at all times when required by the court. A corporation may be present by counsel.
(b) Right to Be Present – Exceptions. A defendant is entitled to be physically present in person at a preliminary hearing and every stage of the trial, except (1) at a conference or argument on a question of law; (2) when a nolle prosequi or stet is entered pursuant to Rules 4-247 and 4-248.”

How Do I Know If I Have a Bench Warrant?

A person charged with a crime will not know if they have been charged until they are served by summons or warrant. However, if you failed to appear for active criminal case, the fail to appear and bench warrant will appear in Maryland Judiciary Case Search. You can visit the State site, enter your name, find the case and find out if there has been a bench warrant issued.
If you have a bench warrant pending, call our office immediately to discuss your options, 410.288.2900. Speak with attorney Randolph Rice for legal help and to file a motion to quash a bench warrant.