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What Is A Discretionary Bench Warrant?

What Is A Discretionary Bench Warrant?

A discretionary bench warrant is a type of warrant that a judge or court issues in cases where an individual has failed to comply with a court order, such as failing to appear in court or pay a fine.

Unlike a regular bench warrant, which is automatically issued when an individual fails to appear in court, a discretionary bench warrant is issued at the judge’s discretion. This means the judge can give a contract or take other measures, such as imposing additional fines or rescheduling the hearing.

A discretionary bench warrant may be issued in cases where the judge believes that the individual’s failure to comply with the court order was intentional or in bad faith. The warrant authorizes law enforcement officials to arrest the individual and bring them before the court to address the noncompliance.

Take court orders seriously and comply with them as directed. Failure to do so can result in severe consequences, including issuing a discretionary bench warrant, fines, or even imprisonment. If you cannot comply with a court order, notify the court and seek legal advice as soon as possible.