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Arrest/Bench Warrants


  • Arrest warrants are issued to police when a judge is presented with a sworn statement to establish a reasonable belief that a person has committed a crime.

  • Judges from any court may issue a warrant – Superior, Municipal or Justice Court. Warrants for arrest may also be issued by courts from other states or federal agencies.

  • An arrest warrant stays in effect until the individual is arrested or appears before the court to address the warrant. An arrest warrant can only “quashed or cancelled” by a judicial officer out of the jurisdiction where the warrant arose. A prosecutor can request a warrant be issued, but cannot quash or remove it without order of the court.


  • Bench warrants are issued from a court by a judge, magistrate, commissioner, or justice of the peace.

  • Bench warrants are typically issued when a defendant fails to appear for a court appearance or fails to comply with a court order and may result in an arrest warrant for the defendant. In addition, an arrest warrant may be issued for a defendant who fails to pay court-ordered restitution. A.R.S. § 13-810.

  • Defendants can be physically arrested by a police officer once the warrant is issued.

  • Will see judicial officer within 24 hours and release conditions, including bond, will be considered.

  • If you have a pending bench warrant, you may want to contact the issuing court or an attorney to consider your options.


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