Types of Criminal Warrants in Florida

Understand the Types of Criminal Warrants in Florida

In Florida, there are three common types of warrants issued by judges, including arrest warrants, bench warrants, and violation of probation (VOP) warrants. Although they all give authorities the power to make an arrest, they’re all issued for different reasons.


Arrest Warrant


An arrest warrant is issued by a judge after being presented with probable cause that someone committed a crime. This gives police the authority to search, arrest, and detain that person. The subject of an arrest warrant can be arrested anywhere and will be taken to jail, booked, and possibly held until arraignment. In some cases, the judge may set a bond. The bail bond process allows the accused the opportunity to resume normal activities until their court date.


Bench Warrant


A bench warrant is less serious than an arrest warrant, but it should still be taken very seriously. This time, the warrant is issued for missing a mandatory court date. Once the person misses the court date—even if it was for something as simple as a traffic violation—their name is entered into a database that lets police know they should be taken into custody. Police usually don’t actively search for someone with a bench warrant, but any interaction with them will end in an arrest. Many people don’t know when a bench warrant has been issued for them. A warrant check can avoid an unexpected surprise, and a good defense lawyer can be a valuable asset for anyone with a bench warrant already issued in their name.


Violation of Probation Warrant

Violation of probation, or VOP, warrants may be issued in Florida when a person has violated their terms of probation. The judge has to be presented with evidence that the person did indeed commit the violation. Depending on the location or type of crime originally committed, the person may or may not be eligible for bond.


If a loved one has been arrested, or if any type of warrant has been issued for you or a family member, it’s important to contact an experienced defense attorney for guidance. In Daytona Beach, if the judge has set bond, Bob Barry Bail Bonds can help secure release for your loved one until their court date. Call us today at 386-258-6900 to learn more about 24/7 bail bonds.