Kansas City Arrest and Search Warrants
What To Do if You Have a Bench Warrant?
To avoid being arrested by the police, appearing in court is the best way to attempt to clear your bench warrant. A person can either appear in court on their own or with their lawyer. In some instances, especially regarding misdemeanors, your attorney can appear on your behalf.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can present arguments that excuse your nonappearance or failure to comply with a court order and request your release from custody or on your own recognizance (OR) by promising to attend all future court hearings. Additionally, your attorney can set your bail at a low amount by proving you are not a flight risk.
Common examples of arguments include:
- You never received the FTA notice.
- You forgot to provide proof of completing all probation requirements to the court.
- You were unaware of the existence of the case.
- You were mistaken as someone else.
For more information about bench warrants in Kansas City area contact our legal team at SRC Law Group, LLC, and schedule a free consultation today.
How Can I Get a Bench Warrant Cleared in Kansas?
A bench warrant is often issued by a judge if a defendant fails to appear (FTA) in court, pay a fine, or comply with a specific court order. Whether you were charged with a citation, misdemeanor, or felony, a bench warrant can result in jail/prison time, a probation violation, increased fines, or license suspension.
Law enforcement will treat this type of warrant like an arrest warrant by first bringing you to jail and then later appearing in court. However, the police are not actively looking for those who are subject to bench warrants.
Instead, they are put into a statewide database. In the event you are pulled over or otherwise interact with law enforcement for any reason, you will be taken into custody.
The following are the consequences of bench warrants in Kansas:
Failure To Appear
Failure To Pay Fine
Disobey a Court Order
What To Do After You’ve Been Arrested.
Getting arrested can be a frightening and stressful experience, no matter how many times it happens. Any wrong actions and negative behaviors can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your case. While your attorney (if you have one) is investigating your arrest, collecting evidence, and developing a strong defense strategy just for you, it is imperative to understand the proper steps to ensure that you are doing whatever it takes to avoid conviction of the crime.
The following are helpful ways that can benefit your case after getting arrested:
Tips on Navigating an Arrest
In the heat of an arrest, many individuals make mistakes that can make it difficult to reduce their charges down the road. Although it's natural to feel worried, frustrated, or even angry when you are detained by law enforcement, it's important to keep your cool and get through the experience with as little harm done as possible.
Keep these things in mind if you are going to be arrested:
Be respectful and calm.
Don't inflame the situation with your words or actions. This could only add to your charges down the road.
Comply with law enforcement, but not too much: Give your basic information to police, but do not try to convince them that you are innocent or tell them your side of the story. Your words could be twisted and used against you.
Once you have been arrested, you must speak with an attorney immediately. You have a legal right to contact a lawyer if you are taken into custody. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you can enlist the help of a public defender free of charge. However, public defenders have an overload of cases to handle, which means that they may not have the time and dedication to obtain the results you desire.
A lawyer will be able to help you navigate your situation and provide you with the counsel and guidance you need. An attorney will also make sure that your rights were not violated at any point during the arrest.
Avoid disclosing the details of your case with friends and family.
Keep a low profile throughout the legal process.
Dress appropriately for your court appearance.
Can Police Search My House Without a Warrant?
Oftentimes, when police are placing an individual under arrest, they will do what is known as a “protective sweep.” During a protective sweep, police will search rooms and surrounding areas to try and uncover weapons or accomplices who may be hiding. A protective sweep should not take any longer than the time it takes to place an individual under arrest.
If you’ve been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, don’t hesitate to contact a proven Kansas City criminal defense attorney from SRC Law Group, LLC. An arrest is not a conviction and there is still time to build the defense you need to safeguard your future.