Bench warrants are issued for people who fail to appear in court. If a bench warrant has been processed by the Los Alamos Municipal Court and signed by the judge, there is a mandatory $100.00 bench warrant fee added to any possible fines.
If a Los Alamos Municipal Court bench warrant has been processed for you, you have several ways to clear it.
All bench warrants have a set appearance bond. Bond amounts may be as low as a few hundred dollars or as high as a few thousand. If you are arrested, you must post a bond (cash, money order or cashier check only) to be released from custody. If you do not post a bond you will remain in custody and be set for arraignment at the next available court date. If you post a cash bond, you will be released from custody and set for a future arraignment date.
Bonds will be returned to the posting party once all obligations have been fulfilled. You (or whoever posted the bond for you) may sign a form allowing it to be converted to payment of fines and fees.
If you wish to avoid being arrested you may turn yourself into the Court and arrange to appear at a scheduled arraignment. If you have a warrant for failure to pay fines you may be able to clear it by paying the outstanding fines and bench warrant fees at the payment window. Again, please be aware that the $100.00 fee will be charged in addition to your fines.
If you think there may be an outstanding bench warrant with Los Alamos Municipal Court issued for you, please contact the Municipal Court at (505) 662-8025. You can obtain information regarding your options and it is possible that you will be able to clear the warrant without being arrested.
Los Alamos Municipal Court
505-662-8025 FAX 662-8365