Bench warrants are typically the result of underlying traffic matters that were not properly addressed. An individual may receive multiple traffic violations at some point in time and simply pay the fine on the violation. This results in points being assessed against that individual’s license. After multiple occurrences of simply paying the fine, rather than having an attorney address the ticket, the driver may be suspended. Despite the license suspension, many drivers do not believe it is a big deal and choose to continue to drive. If the driver is pulled over, the driver will then be arrested for driving on a suspended license.
At this point, the driver might be overwhelmed due to his or her inability to get reinstated by the Department of Revenue. Because the driver is unsure of the process, he or she may simply avoid going to court. This failure to appear is what causes the court to issue a bench warrant. As a result of the warrant being issued, the driver will be arrested on the warrant if he or she has any contact with law enforcement.
This process is a vicious cycle that is a major problem for many individuals throughout the St. Louis area. While it can certainly be overwhelming and frustrating, an attorney can assist you in getting your license reinstated, recalling your bench warrants, and resolving your ticket violations. If you currently have old traffic tickets, bench warrants, or driving while suspended charges, call the attorneys of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. today for a free consultation.