The simplest answer here is, don’t miss your DUI court date no matter what. It does not matter if you are intentionally trying to avoid the court, forgot about the DUI court date, got lost on the way, or some sort of mishap happened that caused you to be late as the judge handling your case will likely issue a bench warrant.
What’s a bench warrant?
Like in other states, bench warrants in Nevada are issued by the judge, particularly if they find the defendant “in contempt of court”. The bench warrant is basically an order for a suspect to appear in court, and anyone with a bench warrant risks being arrested by the police if they identify the suspect. These bench warrants can be “quashed” or removed with the help of a dui attorney however.
What can cause contempt of court?
- Not paying the fines
- Neglecting court orders
- Missing court dates
If the judge finds the defendant in contempt of court, they may be jailed for up to twenty-five days and/or fined for up to $500. It’s also highly possible that your Nevada driving license will be suspended, although it might be already a given if it involves driving under the influence.
Bench warrants vs. Arrest warrants
Some people can’t tell the difference between a bench and arrest warrants. Here’s how they differ from each other:
- Bench warrants are issued by the judges themselves (or “the bench”). They are only issued if a case is already in progress.
- Arrest warrants are also issued by judges, although they can only be issued when formally requested by the police. These warrants signal the start of a criminal case and allows the police to arrest the suspect.
Recalling or quashing a bench warrant
To quash or recall a bench warrant, the defendant must make a court appearance by turning themselves in, or if the court allows, have a dui attorney make an appearance on their behalf. This also allows the defendant to pay the bail or have a bail bonds firm to handle it; in some cases, the bail can be eliminated even without the presence of the defendant.