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Michael Berg

Newport Beach Criminal Lawyer


Warrants in Newport Beach

Criminal Charges do not Just “Go Away”

All too often, individuals are often unaware that they have a warrant out for their arrest. Other times, someone might know that they have been charged with a crime, but because they have managed to avoid arrest, erroneously assume that the charges have simply "gone away." Unfortunately, criminal charges do not just "go away," and you may find yourself served with a warrant when you least expect it.

Especially if you have never been in serious trouble with the law before, it can be frightening to be faced with an arrest warrant. You may have questions like:

  • What crime did I commit?
  • How long has this warrant been outstanding?
  • Am I facing additional consequences because of the time that’s elapsed since the warrant was issued?
  • What happens next? What are my options?

We can help you answer those questions. We can find out what penalties you are facing and will work to have your warrant recalled and your charges resolved.

Law Enforcement does not Always Execute Warrants Appropriately

There are three main types of warrants in the state of California. They are:

  • Arrest warrants, meaning the state believes there is probable cause that you committed a crime
  • Bench warrants, which are typically issued because you failed to appear in court, failed to pay a fine, or violated a court-issued protective order
  • Search warrants, which means that the state believes evidence of a crime is likely to be found in the place(s) listed on the search warrant

Warrants of any type must meet specific criteria and executed according to the law. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Judges sometimes issue warrants as the result of misleading or incomplete information, and law enforcement does not always execute warrants appropriately.

If your warrant should not have been issued or was carried out improperly, evidence may be thrown out and criminal charges may be dismissed. Our goal is to investigate the circumstances surrounding your warrant, determine your options, and help you put this experience behind you.

Move On With Your Life

Having a warrant hanging over your head can be frustrating and emotionally exhausting. If you discover or have reason to believe there is a warrant you need to have dealt with, contact our Newport Beach defense attorneys right away. The sooner you have the circumstances surrounding your warrant investigated, the sooner we can help you resolve the situation and move on with your life.