Baldwin to ask judge to drop arrest warrant


Daniel Baldwin's attorney said he will ask a judge to cancel an arrest warrant issued for the actor, calling Baldwin's recent failure to show up in court a mix-up.

A Superior Court judge issued the no-bail bench warrant Friday and revoked Baldwin's probation when he didn't appear in court to give a progress report on his drug rehabilitation.

The 47-year-old actor was required to meet with the judge in connection with a cocaine-possession case.

Baldwin was aware of the hearing and contacted his probation officer Thursday to report that he couldn't make it because he was in Canada shooting a movie, said his attorney, Grant Hoagland, adding the message apparently didn't reach the judge.

"It was a miscommunication," he said Monday.

When Baldwin returns to Los Angeles, Hoagland said he planned to take him to court to ask the judge to recall the arrest warrant and reinstate his probation.

The case stemmed from Baldwin's arrest last year, when police said they found him and another man in a Santa Monica motel, possessing cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Baldwin is undergoing treatment in hopes of getting two misdemeanor charges dismissed. Under California law, some drug offenders can have the charges dropped if they successfully complete rehab.

Baldwin, brother of Alec, Stephen and William Baldwin, has appeared in the television series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and the movie "Car 54, Where Are You?"