When a court or judge issues a warrant for a persons' arrest, it is usually due to an infraction of law or violation of existing court orders. An arrest warrant is a document of law that alerts authorities of a person that has been involved in, suspected of, or committed a crime. It notifies and orders police to seek out and arrest the person, and bring them in to face their pending charges. The arrest warrant is entered into a national court database with all other warrants and arrest records.
Types of Arrest Warrants
There are various forms of arrest authorizations that a judge or court can issue. Not all warrants are for apprehension. A search warrant, for example, is an order issued by a court that gives authorities orders to search a property or area based on previous evidence or suspicion. In this situation, no one is necessarily meant to get arrested. There can be an arrest, however, if police find anything unlawful or incriminating.
Another type of warrant is called a bench warrant. This is not a permit for arrest, but rather to bring a person to the judge's bench to face any pending charges. In these cases, a person is issued a warrant that requires them to show for a scheduled court date; in which they will defend or receive their charges.
A regular apprehension warrant gives a person the opportunity to turn themselves into the police station to avoid more violations. For example, if a person is on probation for a previous crime and they violate one of their probation orders, they can have a warrant issued for their arrest. In this scenario, a person is urged to turn themselves into the police by hiring a bail bondsman, and even a lawyer. By hiring a bail bond company before turning themselves in, they can arrange a fast and easy release within a few hours. This way they can clear the warrant and avoid jail time. Once released on bond, they are expected to show for a future court date. If they miss this court date, another arrest order will be issued and they forfeit their entire bond amount.