When a judge issues a bench warrant, it is generally done as a result of the failure of a defendant to obey some instruction ordered by the court, such as failure to appear on a scheduled court date or a failure to pay a fine.  Once issued, the warrant functions as any other arrest warrant, instructing the police to seek out and detain the defendant, or detain the defendant if they should happen to be encountered.  Should a defendant be detained as a result of a bench warrant, they will generally be brought to the local jail, where they will be held until they can be brought before a Judge.

In order to prevent the threat of detainment which is created by a bench warrant, it is very important that a defendant retain quality legal representation immediately after the warrant has been issued.  At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, our attorneys will work to have the bench warrant recalled immediately after we are retained, and have a new court date set in order to resolve the issue which prompted the warrant in the first place.

If a bench warrant has been issued against you, do not wait until the police come to make an arrest.  Contact The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling today.

When retained for a new case, our first efforts are directed toward rescheduling the client’s court date to fit the client’s scheduling needs, wherever possible.  Our legal team works hand-in-hand with court clerks across the state, and we can generally secure a new court date within 24 hours.

Once an acceptable date has been set for the hearing, we go to work investigating the prosecution’s case.  Our attorneys tirelessly scrutinize the details of the case, ensuring that the police did not overreact to the situation, that they had reliable witnesses, that no constitutional rights were violated, and so on.  If any weakness exists in the prosecution’s case, we identify them, and when found we use them to minimize the consequences of being charged criminally.

If the prosecution proves unwilling to offer a reasonable agreement - if not dismiss the case outright - we begin to prepare for trial.  Keeping the client informed of each development, we secure expert witnesses, prepare transcripts for evidence, hire private investigators, and more.  Regardless of the difficulties of the case, we present a formidable and informed defense throughout the trial process, up to and including sentencing.

Finally, if a sentence is imposed, we present the clients with all of the options which they still have available to them, from appealing the sentence to a higher court, to clearing the client's records through expungement.  We never consider a case ‘closed,’ until every avenue of defense and recovery have been exhausted.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we are dedicated to providing our clients inside and outside of Utah with a quality criminal defense lawyer at a competitive rate.  After more than twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal law throughout the state, we guarantee effective and competent criminal defense in every case we take.  Contact us now to receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.


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