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A California arrest warrant authorizes law enforcement to arrest and apprehend you if you are suspected of committing a crime outside of the presence of an officer.

Judges issue arrest warrants based upon the evidence presented to them by an officer or District Attorney. Also, an arrest warrant can be issued following a grand jury indictment. In order to be lawful, a California arrest warrant must include the name of the defendant, the accused crime, the time of issuance, the county of issuance, the signature and title of the judge, and lastly, the name of the court.

Once a warrant is issued it is important to know the repercussions that occur before an arrest is made. In California, if there is a warrant out for your arrest you may lose some freedoms in order to prevent your sudden exodus from the local authorities. From small misdemeanors to serious felonies, the law is consistent as to how a warrant’s prohibitive measures function. If there is any warrant issued in your name these are 3 things you need to know: Continue reading →

In California, when someone is convicted of a crime, whether felony or misdemeanor, the Judge has the discretion of imposing probation in lieu of jail time, or in addition to jail time. There are sentencing guidelines that a judge uses when imposing a sentence, but, the Judge may elect to allow you to remain free if you agree to be on probation and following the terms and conditions of the of the probation. There are two types of probation, summary or informal probation and formal probation. The following is an explanation of how each works.

Summary/Informal Probation

Summary or informal probation is usually associated with a misdemeanor conviction. It is much less restrictive in that you do not have to report to a probation officer and the terms and conditions usually involve very common sense guidelines. For instance, if you are placed on informal probation for a petty theft, the terms of the probation may include staying away from the establishment where the theft took place, along with standard orders to obey all laws and not get into trouble.