Bergen County Criminal Lawyer with Offices in Paramus, New Jersey
Travis J. Tormey is an experienced defense attorney who serves on behalf of clients facing a vast array of charges, ranging from shoplifting to DWI. With centrally located offices in Paramus and Morristown, he appears in courts throughout Northern New Jersey, including Crestwood, Ramsey, and Montvale. Having represented clients in such a wide variety of cases, Mr. Tormey has a great deal of experience in Superior Court, where felony-level offenses are adjudicated, as well as Municipal Court, where misdemeanor crimes are heard. Mr. Tormey’s practice concentrates on criminal law, which has facilitated him in developing a breadth of knowledge in the area of criminal defense. This repository of information regarding New Jersey law enables him to identify the nuances involved in each case and thus, to best represent his clients. In fact, Mr. Tormey has been cited as a legal resource in a number of publications, including The Daily Record and The Bergen Record, as well as the AOL News. Feel free to contact him at his office at (201) 556-1570, as he provides free legal consultations.
Stages of a Criminal Case: Bench and Arrest Warrants
Arrest Warrants in New Jersey
There are two impetuses for the issuing of an arrest warrant, both of which involve the signing of a criminal complaint against a defendant. A criminal complaint can be signed by a law enforcement officer or, in a situation known as a civilian complaint, another citizen signs a complaint against a defendant. In the case of a civilian complaint, a judge must determine that there is probable cause for the issuance of such a complaint. Regardless of the initial avenue pursued to obtain a complaint, the sequence of events that follows is essentially identical, as the defendant is arrested, formally charged, and processed. Processing occurs at the police station in the municipality in which the charges have been filed and involves personal documentation, fingerprinting, and obtaining a photograph, commonly referred to as a “mugshot.” A bail amount is then determined, or the defendant is released on his or her own recognizance, depending on the circumstances of the specific case and the seriousness of the charges. If a defendant is released on his or her own recognizance, or posts bail, is subsequently released, and fails to appear on the scheduled court date, a bench warrant will be issued for his or her arrest.
Bench Warrants in New Jersey
A judge can issue a bench warrant for a number of reasons, all of which involve the defendant’s failure to comply with some obligation set forth by the court. Listed below are some of the justifications for the issuance of a bench warrant, the most common of which is a defendant’s failure to appear at a scheduled court hearing.
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to comply with a court order
- Failure to pay an outstanding fine or comply with another court-imposed penalty
- Failure to pay child support
Finding An Experienced Attorney to Represent Your Case
If the State has issued a bench or arrest warrant against you or someone you love, contact Travis J. Tormey immediately at (201) 556-1570. You will be best served by an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assist you in navigating this process, negotiate with the prosecutor and the court on your behalf, and help you to resolve pending criminal matters. Contact his offices anytime at (201) 556-1570 for a free legal consultation.