Bench warrants are issued when a person misses a court date. At the time the bench warrant is ordered by the judge, the judge will also set an amount of bail. Once a bench warrant is issued, you will not have any further court dates and will be unable to resolve a case until the bench warrant is cleared. Additionally, if you are bench warranted for a criminal traffic case, a stopper will be placed on your driver’s license and will only be cleared when the case is completely resolved.
For traffic violations, or decriminalized traffic offenses, if you miss a court date, the judge will likely enter default judgment against you. Default judgments are monetary fines and fees.