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What is the difference between a bench warrant and an original arrest warrant?

I know that there's a difference but is one much more serious than the other?

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    Richard Williams | Law Office of Richard Williams
    301 Government Street, Suite 104
    Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 272-3765
    The original warrant involves the criminal offense that you committed. A bench warrant is a warrant issued by the judge for contempt normally based on failure to appear or failure to complete a requirement of the court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/21/2013
    Roy L. Reeves | Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    1400 Gables Ct
    Plano, TX 75075
    (972) 596-4000
    No difference as far as you are concerned. Both will result in your being brought to court via the local sheriff's hotel.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 1/18/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    They carry the same penalty: ARREST. A bench warrant is issued when you fail to appear in court for a court date. An arrest warrant starts the process.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/18/2013
    Brendan M. Kelly | Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    1700 Farnam Street, Suite 2820
    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 455-1711
    One was issued by the judge at his/her bench and the other was issued when you failed to appear or had a warrant issued against you. Either type needs to be cleared, otherwise you will be arrested when the contact you.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska - Replied: 1/18/2013
    Victor Rivera | Rivera Legal Group, PLLC
    1011 Surrey Lane
    Flower Mound, TX 75022
    (214) 646-3236
    Both warrants are issued by a judge. However, an arrest warrant is issued at the request of the police after it is determined that probable cause exists to show that a crime has been committed and the suspect needs to be arrested. On the other hand, a bench warrant is a warrant issued by a judge on its own motion, sua sponte, for different reasons like failing to appear to court.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 1/17/2013
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