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Bench Warrant Recall Case Results

The following case summaries for matters involving an outstanding bench warrant are offered merely as a summary of what did occur in a prior case.
 
While they do have some predictive value toward what another judge may do, no two cases are exactly the same and other factors such as: 1) the judge’s demeanor; 2) the reason for the bench warrant being issued at all; 3) the prosecutor’s opinions about the case, including whether a deal reached was particularly generous to defendant; 4) how the client appears in court (well dressed, well groomed) or is brought to court through an arrest; 5) the rapport our office had with the judge and/or prosecutor; 6) how long the bench warrant was outstanding; 7) what the bail amount is on the bench warrant, if any bail is set; 8) the reason the client offers for the failure to appear in court; and 9) the client’s criminal history (especially including whether the client has had any prior bench warrants and when) are just some of the factors that cannot be quantified and will vary by case.

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Consequently, we recommend that no particular case summary be construed as a guarantee or predictor of how your bench warrant may be handled, if you face a bench warrant.  In one case where one was reinstated on probation with no extra punishment, another case with seemingly the same facts may result in prison time being imposed.
 
We further recommend that if a defendant knows why a bench warrant was issued, that the defendant appear in court, either personally or through counsel (when allowed), with “presents” for the judge, i.e. payment of an overdue court fine, proof of completion of community service, proof of payment of a booking fee, or anything else that shows the client is serious about really completing the terms of probation.

In addition, if there is a genuine, valid excuse for why the client was unable to appear in court, it is wise to bring documentation of the hospital records, the funeral pamphlet, etc., to show the failure to appear was not willful.

If you want to read about our bench warrant recall cases, please click on the links below to go to a list of detailed cases.
  1. Redondo Beach, Third Time DUI, Plea to First Time DUI Terms
  2. Palos Verdes Estates, DUI & Resisting Arrest, Dismissal
  3. Santa Clarita, 0.13% BAC, Plea to Wet Reckless (VC 23103)
  4. Downey – DUI Dismissed on Motion for Denial of Speedy Trial
  5. Inglewood, Felony Domestic Violence Reduced to Misdemeanor
  6. Torrance, Possession of Meth for Sales; Plea to Possession
  7. Airport Courthouse, Felony Grand Theft from Employer, $4,175
  8. Van Nuys, Shoplifting in 1999, Bench Warrant until 2019
  9. Long Beach, Bench Warrant for 4 Years for 14601.2 for DUI
  10. Westminster, Two Bench Warrants for 14601.1, Diversion
  11. Bench Warrant Since 2005, Case Dismissed in 2015, Compton
  12. Los Angeles, Driving on a Suspended License, Client in NYC
  13. Manhattan Beach, Vandalism of Hotel, Donation & Dismissal
  14. Long Beach, Six Year Old Bench Warrant on Third Time DUI
  15. Torrance, Probation Violation (PC 166(a)), Probation
  16. Torrance, Bench Warrant for 9 Years on DV Case, No Jail
  17. Pomona, Bench Warrant From 1982, Bail Granted, Time Served
  18. West Covina, Prop 36 Violation in 2005, Dismissal in 2015
  19. Torrance, DUI Probation Violation, VC 14601 Bench Warrant
  20. Probation Violation, Drug Sales, No Jail, Airport Courthouse
  21. Redondo Beach, DUI Probation Violation for 16 Years
  22. Torrance Probation Violation, Client in State Prison
  23. Probation Violation Hearing, Long Beach, No Punishment
  24. East Los Angeles Probation Violation, DUI, 12 Year Warrant
  25. Fullerton, DUI Probation Violation, 4 Year Bench Warrant
  26. Long Beach, Client Does Zero NA Meetings in 18 Months
  27. Probation Violation, Metro Court, 2001 & 2003 Bench Warrants
  28. Van Nuys Probation Violation on DUI, Bench Warrant 4 Years
  29. Probation Violation, Torrance, Bench Warrant for 9 Years
  30. Probation Violation, Long Beach, 16 Year Bench Warrant
  31. Mohave, Expungement of Failure to Appear Conviction
  32. Client Living in New Mexico, Bench Warrant, Torrance Case
  33. 2007 DUI, Metro Courthouse, Bench Warrant, Expungement
  34. Bench Warrant, Felony Transportation, Reduced to Misdemeanor
  35. Bench Warrant, Torrance, Early End to Probation, Expungement
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