What an Arrest Warrant ?
An arrest warrant is a warrant granted by a judge in a court of law to a law enforcement official granting that law enforcement official the right and ability to arrest a person of interest regarding a crime. An arrest warrant is acquired in a court of law by presenting a judge with probable cause for arresting the suspect.
If there is any pertinent evidence that can be presented to the judge when requesting an arrest warrant that will speed up the process then it should be disclosed. That is why many officers or prosecutors make sure they have probable cause and at least two pieces of evidence to present to the judge before requesting an arrest warrant. Arrest warrants are most commonly required when a crime is committed out of view of a police officer. If a felony is committed in view of a police officer then an arrest can be made without a warrant.
The arrest warrant has been granted; now what? Once the arrest warrant is granted by a judge in a court of law, the local law enforcement officials are legally allowed to arrest the person of interest named on the warrant wherever they find that person. This means that the person can be arrested at their place of work, at their residence, after they are pulled over on the road or anywhere else in public.
Is an arrest warrant the same thing as a bench warrant? An arrest warrant and a bench warrant are not one in the same. An arrest warrant is issued by a judge for an arrest of a person that has committed a crime. A bench warrant is issued by a judge for the arrest of a person because they failed to appear at a required court hearing. A bench warrant allows law enforcement officials the ability to arrest the suspect at their residence, their place of work, or anywhere else they are sighted.