bench warrant


Definition of 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 state suspended his driver’s license, and the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Penalized for being poor: Michigan drivers could get break on license suspensions," 1 Aug. 2020 Valenzuela had a bench warrant for his arrest from New Mexico Probation and Parole. Li Cohen, CBS News, "New Mexico cop charged with involuntary manslaughter after man in custody dies in neck restraint," 6 June 2020 If anyone, homeless or not, misses the deadline to appear in court on an unpaid citation, the Superior Court automatically issues a bench warrant for his or her arrest. Gale Holland,, "Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses," 4 Feb. 2018 The order also requires that judges issue summonses instead of bench warrants for the failure of defendants to appear. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "State postpones most court hearings but jailed defendants awaiting trial still at risk," 13 Mar. 2020 She was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Seattle Municipal Court for failing to appear on a theft charge filed in March and is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail, according to jail and court records. Fox News, "Seattle-area suspected DUI crash into clothing store left toddler critically injured, 10 others hurt, authorities say," 18 Dec. 2019 The task force recommends scaling back the use of bench warrants in these instances. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "18 ways Michigan could change its criminal justice process," 14 Jan. 2020 Warrant service: Walker Road On Sept. 29, an officer was dispatched to the Broadview Heights Police Department to pick up a suspect on an Avon Lake Municipal Court bench warrant for failing to report to Lorain County Adult Probation. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Woman charged with drunk driving: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 14 Oct. 2019 Male, 36, arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor bench warrant and of providing false identity to a peace officer at Heritage Ranch Road and Pine Street. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: Sept. 9-14," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bench warrant

1680, in the meaning defined above

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“Bench warrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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