For the most part, bench warrants issue for people who don’t appear for traffic or other municipal violations, but sometimes, not paying an assessed fine, not appearing for jury duty or violating a court’s earlier order (like to pay child support) will earn you a bench warrant.
It’s important to know that people are often unaware that a warrant has been issued. On occasion, the notice to appear gets lost in the mail, and the person never even learns of the court date. In other cases, the person cannot take time off from work and skips the court date, assuming the consequences are minimal. They would be mistaken.
For example, if a bench warrant was issued for a traffic violation, it’s possible your license could be suspended – without you even knowing it. Following that, if police pull you over again, you could face an additional charge of driving with a suspended license.