In Columbia County, Wisconsin, a bench warrant is issued against an individual when they fail to show up for a scheduled court appearance. If a circumstance arises that prevents you from appearing in court, it is not enough to notify your attorney, but you must also notify the courts. Failing to notify the court will result in a judge issuing a warrant for your arrest and it will be law enforcements job to find and bring you in.
If you feel that there is a possibility there could be a warrant out for your arrest, there are free resources online to check. If you do find out that there is a warrant for your arrest, we would advise you to turn yourself in and schedule a hearing to allow you to be released on bond. Turning yourself in does not necessarily mean you are admitting guilt, but showing the judge that you are taking the matter seriously. If you do not turn yourself in, there is a possibility that a potential employer could find the warrant. Or, if you are pulled over for a traffic violation, when the officer runs your name, they will see the warrant and arrest you.
If you know there is a warrant and would like to voluntarily turn yourself into law enforcement, we strongly advise you to seek legal advice first. Having an experienced attorney on your side can result in a more favorable outcome than taking on the legal system by yourself. To consult with one of our attorneys, please contact us today.