Traffic Warrant

Los Angeles County - Arrest Warrant / Bench Warrant / 40508a Warrant

Failure to appear in court for a license violation will usually result in a warrant for your arrest (40508a Warrant).

If there is an Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant or Failure to Appear Warrant out for you in Los Angeles County call us immediately to speak with a Warrant Attorney (310) 285-1516.  We can help clear the warrant for your arrest in Los Angeles County.

warrant searchDo I have a warrant?

1. Courthouse warrant search

The best way to check to see if you have a bench warrant or arrest warrant or Failure to Appear warrant in Los Angeles County is to go the courthouse listed on your traffic ticket and go to both the traffic clerk window and the criminal clerk window and have them run your name and date of birth through a warrant search on the court computer. Unfortunately because of budget cutbacks, it is very difficult to speak to someone by phone at Los Angeles county courthouses to see if you have a warrant for your arrest. If you like you can call us at 310-285-1516 to speak with an Arrest / Bench Warrant Attorney and we can try to help you find out if there is a warrant for your arrest in a Los Angeles county courthouse.

2. Los Angeles Superior Court website search

Sometimes a search on the Los Angeles Superior court website will show if you have a traffic related arrest warrant or bench warrant out of Los Angeles County . Go to the Los Angeles Superior Court website:-

www.lasuperiorcourt.org/traffic/ui/SearchbyDriversLicense.aspx

- and enter your California drivers license number and date of birth. The court website will pull up the status of all of your traffic tickets in Los Angeles county. If the status of your ticket says bench warrant or arrest warrant, that means you got a traffic ticket with a misdemeanor violation (most likely for driving on a suspended license VC 14601.1 or for driving without a California License VC 12500 or driving on an expired California drivers license VC 12500) and you did not go to court. (Driving on a Suspended License (VC 14601.1) is a misdemeanor charge and a serious violation because it can put 2 points on your license which can really affect your insurance rates. If you have prior Driving on a suspended license convictions you may face increased punishment.)

If the status of your ticket is arrest warrant or bench warrant we can help you clear up these traffic warrants oftentimes within 24 hours and then help you fight the misdemeanor charges, fines and any DMV points you are facing. Please call us at 310-258-1516 to discuss.

Please keep in mind you still may have a bench warrant or an arrest warrant even if this court website does not show one for you so don't rely completely on this website. It only shows traffic related warrants and sometimes fails to show warrants you may have.

Do bench warrants or arrest warrants show on DMV records in California?

It is important to check the COURT computer!

NOTE: Many times arrest warrants and bench warrants do NOT show up on your DMV drivers license record. You can still have a warrant for your arrest even if you are able to renew your license or the DMV computer shows your license is clear of traffic tickets. That is why it is so important to check the court computer to see if there is a warrant for your arrest. The DMV computer may not show the bench warrant or arrest warrant or 40508a warrant.

If there is a warrant out for your arrest the best thing to do is take immediate action to clear it up. Not doing anything out of fear is not a good idea. Many times we can go to court for you and clear up the warrant without you having to appear in court at all.

What is a bench warrant?

Failure to go to court when you get a ticket for a misdemeanor violation will result in either a bench warrant or an arrest warrant.

How you get a Failure to Appear Warrant - FTA 40508a

If you :-

  1. Get a ticket from a police officer for a misdemeanor such as :-
    - driving on a suspended license (vehicle code section 14601.1)
    - or driving without a California license (vehicle code section 12500)
    - or driving on an expired license (vehicle code section 12500)
  2. AND you do not appear in court ...

- then the judge has the power to issue a warrant for your arrest. This is called a bench warrant. A warrant is an order from the Judge to the police to arrest you and bring you to court for your failure to appear in court.

If you get a traffic ticket for a misdemeanor and you do not show up in court, a warrant for your arrest will be most likely be issued by the court. Under the law, misdemeanor punishment can include jail and that is why a failure to appear for a license violation - FTA Vehicle Code 40508a - will usually result in a warrant for your arrest.

The difference between Infractions and Misdemeanors

Infractions

Most traffic tickets you get are considered "infractions" which means you cannot go to jail for these violations. Infractions are not punishable by imprisonment in jail. The worst that can happen to you with an infraction is a fine and the DMV suspends your license for failing to appear or the DMV puts a hold on your license.

Misdemeanors

warrant misdemeanor punishment can include jailHowever if you get a ticket and the police officer circled M next to the violation written on your ticket, that means you were cited for a misdemeanor. Under the law, misdemeanor punishment can include jail.

The most common misdemeanor violations for traffic tickets are for:-

  • driving on a suspended license because you have a failure to appear on your drivers license, (VC 14601.1)
  • living and driving in California but not having a California license (VC 12500)
  • having an expired California drivers license (VC 12500).

Failure to go to court when you get a ticket for a misdemeanor violation will result in either a bench warrant or an arrest warrant.

Clear up your warrant as fast as possible to avoid jail

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It is very important that you clear your traffic warrant up as fast as possible.

Under the law, misdemeanor punishment can include jail and that is why if you fail to appear in court (FTA), a bench warrant or arrest warrant will be issued for your arrest. It is very important that you clear your warrant up as fast as possible to avoid suddenly finding yourself in Los Angeles County jail. Call us if you have a warrant for your arrest so we can help you clear it up immediately.

 

Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant out of state traffic ticket

Do you live out-of-state or out-of-town?

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If you live out-of-state (not in California), or out-of-town (a long distance from Los Angeles County), we can usually help you clear up your arrest warrant or bench warrant for license violations without you having to come to court in Los Angeles.

 

 

The best way to handle a bench warrant or arrest warrant

Will I be arrested if I go to the courthouse with a bench warrant?

will i go to jail for a bench warrant or arrest warrantMost people, when they have a warrant for their arrest, are afraid to go to court to face the Judge - fearing he or she will put them in jail.  However, oftentimes Judges will appreciate the fact that you have come to court to deal with this problem, and will not put you in jail.

Will I go to jail?

Ignoring a warrant places you at a greater risk of going to jail, because if the Police catch you, they will most likely take you directly to the Los Angeles County jail; then after a few days in jail, they then take you to see the Judge in your case. Going directly to see the Judge about your warrant is usually the best way to deal with it.

We can go to court with you to protect you

If you have a warrant out for your arrest in Los Angeles County (an Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant) for a misdemeanor violation, we can go to court with you to protect you. We will go in front of the judge with you to ask that the arrest warrant be removed and will do everything possible to keep you out of Los Angeles County jail.

 

Probation violation warrant

Call us immediately for a free legal consultation with an attorney as we have an excellent track record in obtaining alternatives to Los Angeles County Jail for probation violations (310) 285-1516.

 

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We can help clear your arrest warrant or bench warrant or 40508a warrant

We will do everything possible to keep you out of Los Angeles County jail.
Call us for a free legal consultation with a Los Angeles Warrant Attorney to discuss your options (310) 285-1516.

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