Handling DUI Bench Warrants in Los Angeles
Did You Miss Your DUI Court Hearing?
Anyone who misses a criminal court hearing for their DUI will have a bench warrant issued against them, which means that they can be arrested on the spot. If you failed to appear at your DUI court hearing, contact a Los Angeles DUI attorney at Gold & Witham. Our experienced team has the defense strategies you need to combat a drunk driving charge, even if you have committed the additional offense of failure to appear.
California Penal Code § 1320
What typically happens after a DUI arrest is that the suspect is taken to jail to await formal charges. DUI offenders typically are not held for long before they get to appear before a judge. After this, they are let go and told to return for their formal DUI hearing.
According to CPC § 1320, failure to appear in court to face your DUI charge is a misdemeanor with penalties such as:
- Up to six months in jail, and/or
- Fined up to $1,000
The consequences for failing to appear for a felony DUI are more severe. Penalties for failure to appear for a felony DUI in California include:
- Fine up to $5,000-$10,000,
- County jail sentence up to 1 year, or
- Prison for 16 months to 3 years
Is There a Warrant Out for My Arrest?
Some people are unaware whether there is a warrant out for their arrest. If there is even a chance that you were issued a bench warrant for failure to appear, you should contact our firm. Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers can help you figure out your situation and defend you against your charges.