What if a bench warrant was issued for my arrest but I never got the notice to appear in court because they sent it to an address that I haven’t lived at in 5 years?

Asked on August 16, 2015 under Criminal Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It's unfortunate that you were never properly notified of your court appearance. Assuming that this is truly the case, this can be explained to the judge. However, it would be best to have an attorney present with you. The fact is that, no matter the reason for your not appearing in court, a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Since warrants don't expire you need to handle this ASAP. Until you do you risk being picked up aby the authorities and taken into custody.

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