Probation Violations & Bench Warrants

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Oakland County, Michigan

Sometimes a person who is charged for a crime can avoid serving time in prison or jail by being placed on probation. The judge will determine probation conditions at sentencing. Probation is often granted to those who have committed misdemeanors and some felonies. During probation, the offender must meet all the terms of his or her probation order, such as attend court hearings and avoid further criminal offenses. Failure to meet the terms of probation is known as a "violation of probation" and can cause further issues with the law.

Other probation terms could include:

  • Community service
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Fees
  • High school completion

However, sometimes offenders unknowingly violate the terms delineated in their probation order, perhaps by forgetting to attend a court hearing or leaving the country. In these instances, a bench warrant can be issued against the offender, which can cause a great deal of legal complications that requires the immediate assistance of an Oakland criminal defense attorney.

What is a bench warrant?

A bench warrant is a warrant that is issued from the "bench," meaning by a judge. A bench warrant can be issued to someone who fails to attend a scheduled court hearing. Bench warrants are issued by a judge and gives law enforcement officials authorization to arrest the accused person if and when they come across them. Many individuals have been arrested for a simple traffic violation when the police officer discovers that a bench warrant was issued against that person.

Has a bench warrant been issued against you? Contact us today!

If you have violated the terms of your probation order and discover—or suspect—that a bench warrant has been made against you, you must take the immediate steps necessary to resolve your bench warrant and avoid getting yourself into more legal trouble. As a accomplished and aggressive advocate, Attorney Emily Long is not afraid to take a case to trial and has helped many individuals facing serious charges, such as bench warrants stemming from probation violations. She can help you with your case too.

Don't wait to seek legal guidance or ignore an existing bench warrant issued against you. Take action today by contacting Long Law PLLC for strong and sound legal representation.