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Bench Warrants and Failure to Appear

Bench Warrants and Failure to Appear

If you miss your criminal court appearance in Louisiana, the court will likely issue a warrant for your arrest. This is commonly called a bench warrant because it’s issued by the judge while sitting at his desk in the courtroom, which is also known as the “bench”.  Missing court may also be called a “failure to appear” or “FTA” for short.

Louisiana Criminal Case Deadlines

Louisiana Criminal Case Deadlines

Local jails and District Attorneys often fail to comply with these deadlines which can unnecessarily delay your criminal case and can result in prolonged detention. While the law places the burden on the State to meet these deadlines, the defendant will usually need to be the one to let the court know if the State has missed one.

Steps in a Louisiana Criminal Case

Steps in a Louisiana Criminal Case

A Louisiana criminal court case can have multiple parts and it can be difficult to know what is happening at each stage of the case.  While each case in unique, there are several common steps that you can expect in your case.