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Bench Warrants

A simple stop for a traffic violation can turn into a nightmare if you have an outstanding warrant. It is customary upon investigating any crime, including speeding, to run a person’s identification in search of outstanding warrants.  It is much easier to resolve your warrant from outside of jail rather than within. Do not risk another day with an outstanding warrant. Call McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. to find out how to resolve your warrant and the underlying charges with one of our attorneys.

McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. will handle your case ranging from traffic violations, failure to appear, failure to pay a fine and not completing a requirement of your sentence.

Des Moines Criminal Defense Lawyers to Resolve Your Bench Warrant

If you have an outstanding bench warrant, contact a Des Moines criminal defense attorney at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C.. The firm has seen countless clients who were arrested based off of a minor bench warrant for failing to complete a requirement of their sentence or failing to appear in court. We much prefer resolving bench warrants without the unnecessary arrest.

Call (515) 279-9700 today to discuss your case in a free, no obligation consultation. We can help clients resolve bench warrants in Polk County, Dallas County, Warren County, Madison County and Guthrie County.


Information About Warrants in Iowa


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Common Reasons for a Bench Warrant in Iowa

The most common reason for a bench warrant is for failure to appear in court on a scheduled date. Like clockwork, the county and city courts will issue bench warrants for anyone who fails to appear on their court date. Law enforcement will not actively seek out those people with outstanding warrants, but will instead check for warrants during any other stop they are conducting.

An arrest can impact your work, children, pets and any other pressing responsibility. It is wholly avoidable and McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. can help.

Other reasons for having an outstanding warrant include:

  • Failing to provide evidence of taking a defensive driving course
  • Failing to provide evidence of community service
  • Failure to appear on a scheduled court date
  • Failure to pay a fine

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Penalties for Failure to Appear

If you fail to appear in court based on a citation, such as a speeding ticket, you are in violation of the law and charged with another crime on top of the original offense.

This crime, according to Iowa Code 805.5, is failure to appear. This does not apply to those who are out on bail. The offense described is only for those who fail to appear from a citation. The offense is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $65 to $625, or both. Most likely, we can resolve your simple misdemeanor without time in jail.


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Finding the Best Defense Lawyer to Resolve Outstanding Bench Warrants in Polk County

Call McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. at (515) 279-9700 for a free consultation. We can review the steps you need to take to first ameliorate your outstanding warrants. After that point, we will set up a court date that fits your schedule so you do not have another failure to appear. Potentially, we can handle the case without you having to appear in court.

We can help individuals resolve their bench warrants in Greater Des Moines as well as throughout Polk County, Dallas County, Warren County, Madison County and Guthrie County.