bench warrant


: a warrant issued by a presiding judge or by a court against a person guilty of contempt or indicted for a crime

Examples of bench warrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case involving a Michigan man who went viral while driving during a Zoom court hearing continues as a judge announced on Wednesday that the 44-year-old had a bench warrant out for his arrest and that Corey Harris has never had a driver's license, but only a state ID. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 6 June 2024 Simpson announced at a June 5 hearing that Harris never had a driver's license, only a state ID and had a bench warrant out for his arrest, according to USA Today. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2024 What about the unnamed defendants who don't live in Arizona? Those not in Arizona, like Giuliani, must travel to Arizona for the booking at their own expense or face a likely bench warrant, McDonald said. Ray Stern, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2024 Failure to turn himself in will result in a bench warrant with no bond. Eric Henderson, CBS News, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for bench warrant 

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Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bench warrant was in 1680

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Cite this Entry

“Bench warrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

bench warrant

see warrant

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