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Los Angeles Warrants and the Law

Posted on: August 19, 2009 at 7:37 a.m.

In Los Angeles, a warrant usually refers to a specific type of authorization issued by a judge or magistrate which gives law enforcement the ability to perform an otherwise illegal act, such as coming into a home without authorization. On television shows and movies, warrants are always a key item used to demonstrate how complex the criminal justice system can be, with lawyers, police and judges wrestling with legal issues.

The United States was founded on principles of individual liberty, and limiting the power of the federal, state and local governments from harassing citizens. Illegal search and seizure is a legitimate violation, something the courts and the citizenry should take very seriously. In Los Angeles, the legal system is structured to have checks and balances so that government power does not overstep its limits and violate both the state and federal Constitutions. When the police go to a judge to obtain a warrant, which is a clear symbol of the system of checks and balances designed to protect average citizens.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys work hard for clients to make sure that police, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials obey every limit placed upon them by the warrants they've obtained.

There are three types of warrants: search warrants; arrest warrants; and bench warrants. Qualified Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys will have experience with each of these types of warrants. In fact, at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, our criminal defense firm has "insider" experience with these warrants. Our team spent years in various Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, so our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys understand how warrants are issued and what their limits are.

  • Search warrants - Search warrant limits are set by the United States Constitution. Law enforcement must follow certain requirements before obtaining a search warrant, which include having probably cause which they must clearly demonstrate to the judge in question.

  • Arrest warrant - An arrest warrant is very similar to a search warrant. In Los Angeles, an arrest warrant must be obtained from a judge and gives police the authorization to arrest a specific person. Once the individual is in jail, he or she must be taken to court and appear in front of the judge.

  • Bench warrant - A bench warrant gives permission to arrest someone if they have failed to appear in court due to a pending criminal action. The goal of any bench warrant is to bring someone into court for their appearance. The show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" often deals with people who have failed court appearances and so have bench warrants issued.


Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys, such as those at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin are skilled in dealing with all types of warrants, and can provide experienced advice, counsel and knowledge regarding them. If you, or someone you love, has a warrant out for their arrest, our criminal defense firm can help protect you, protect your rights and make sure that any law enforcement actions obey Los Angeles law and the Constitution. Contact us today at 877-781-1570.

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