Benjamin Hollis, born in 1962, was arrested Thursday for shoplifting after a bench warrant was issued.
No bond was set, and there is no court date listed on Muscogee County Jail records.
A bench warrant is a type of an arrest warrant that authorizes the immediate on-sight arrest of the individual. Typically, judges issue bench warrants for persons deemed to be in contempt of court—possibly as a result of that person's failure to appear at the appointed time and date for a mandated court appearance.
Bench warrants are issued in either criminal or civil court proceedings.
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In Hollis's case, Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters issued the warrant.
Typically, the person who is subject to a bench warrant has intentionally avoided a court appearance to escape consequences of being found guilty of a crime.