The best way to avoid a warrant is to appear in court on the appointed day as ordered. When you receive a traffic citation, you are receiving a lawful summons to court without admitting guilt to the offense charged on the citation.
You are given 14 days from the date you receive the Courtesy Bail Notice to appear in court, forfeit bail, or pay the fine. If you fail to appear within the time frame given, you may have a warrant issued for your arrest. Calling to reschedule the same day you are to appear will not prevent a warrant being issued.
Failing to appear or just ignoring the citation can lead to a significant increase in the penalty you will have to pay. In addition, a separate criminal charge, Failure to Appear (a Class B Misdemeanor), can be filed against you by the prosecutor. You can be convicted of a crime of failing to appear even if you are found not guilty of the underlying charge.
With a traffic citation along with a warrant, the Court may also request the Driver License Division to suspend your driver's license, adding further costs to you.
There are two types of warrants issued by the Court, a Bench Warrant and an Arrest Warrant. The Bench Warrant is issued by the Court when there is failure to appear on a charge or failing to appear at your scheduled court date and appearance time. An Arrest Warrant is a request from the prosecutor's office based on other circumstances.
You may call the Court at (801) 284-4280 to see if you have a warrant issued out of the Murray Court. You may also contact the Bureau of Criminal Identification at:
3888 W 5400 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84118
Phone: (801) 965-4445