Updated date:

What Is a Bench Warrant and Can I Drop It Without Going to Jail?

I'm a proud mother and grandmother. I love to write about my experiences and share my knowledge on a variety of subjects.

Can you avoid the gavel?

Can you avoid the gavel?

Having a warrant for your arrest is no laughing matter. The experience can be very frightening. Whether or not you're surprised to learn that you're the subject of a bench warrant, there are ways to handle the problem effectively.

I was unfortunate enough to find out that I was the subject of a bench warrant for an unpaid fee associated with my son's behavior. I was surprised to find out about the bench warrant years after the incident had occurred. As a result, I had to navigate the process of responding to and clearing my bench warrant.

What Is a Bench Warrant?

There are various types of warrants, but the most common is called a “bench warrant.” A bench warrant is typically issued after a person has violated the rules of court. Keep in mind that laws and court procedures can vary by location, so always check the local rules that will apply to your specific court and circumstances. A bench warrant is a written order, issued by a judge, that authorizes the police to bring you in—first to jail, and then to appear in court. The police treat it like an arrest warrant and use it to bring you in front of a judge in order to complete your unfinished business in court.

The police aren’t going to come knocking on your door when you're the subject of a bench warrant, and they won't actively search for you. The bench warrant puts your name into a statewide database, and if you interact with the police for any reason, even if it's not your fault (like if someone rear-ends your car in traffic), you will be taken into custody. If you have any contact with the police for any reason while an active warrant exists, you will be arrested, handcuffed, and put in jail until a fee is paid on your behalf or another requirement is fulfilled.

Can a Bench Warrant Be Dropped?

The best way to ensure that a bench warrant is cleared is to appear in court. A person can appear in court on their own or with their attorney. In some cases, a person's attorney can appear in court on their behalf. It is best to appear with your attorney so your legal representative can help you navigate the situation effectively.

How Long Does a Bench Warrant Last?

Bench warrants typically do not expire, and a warrant can remain active until a person dies. Sometimes, a judge can decide to recall or expunge a warrant, but that rarely happens. Bench warrants can be active for decades before a person finds out. Because bench warrants can remain active for long periods of time, it is best to make a court appearance and pay any associated fees as soon as you learn that you're the subject of a warrant. According to Virginia Commonwealth University's Criminal Justice professor Matthew Pinsker, "Having a bench warrant is considered to be a criminal charge and it will remain on a person's record after it has been dismissed."

Five Things You Can Do to Avoid Bench Warrant Complications

Here are five things you can do to avoid bench warrant complications.

1. Do Not Argue With the Police

If you are allowed to post bail, you will be given an appointment to go to the courthouse to have a chat with the judge. The judge may ask you why you didn’t pay what you owed or fulfill another court-ordered requirement. If you owe more than the bail amount, you may be given more time to pay. The courts are not unreasonable. They know people have to survive, but they need their money to operate as well.

Most people don’t realize they have a warrant until they are pulled over by the police. If this happens, the only thing you can do is ask what it is for. The police will tell you to the best of their knowledge. There is absolutely no point in arguing. You are going to jail (unless you happen to have proof that the amount owed was paid). Depending on the police officer and your cooperation, you may or may not be handcuffed.

Do not attempt to argue with the police officer. It will only make things worse if you do. If you need to make a phone call and you are being cooperative, the police officer may allow you to use your cell phone. If you don’t have one, he or she may allow you to use his/hers. You must remember that the officer didn’t create this problem; it was there when you were pulled over. It is not their fault, so don't take your frustration out on the officer

2. Comply With the Arrest

  • If you have a licensed passenger in your vehicle with you when you're arrested, that person can drive your vehicle away once you've been taken into custody. If you were driving alone, your vehicle will be towed and impounded at your expense.
  • You will be taken to the nearest police station and booked. This means having your fingerprints and your picture taken (front and both sides).
  • You will have to remove your shoes and possibly change into "jail" clothes (a jumpsuit) depending on your county. If you inform the police officer that your bail will be paid as soon as possible, you may not have to change into jail clothes.
  • You will be searched as part of the booking process.
  • Once you are bailed out and released, you may be given a bill for your jail stay. This is also called a booking fee. You will be charged for a full day's stay, even if you didn’t get to eat your cold baloney sandwich and warm Kool-Aid. This fee must be paid or another warrant could be issued.

3. Get a Lawyer and Respond to the Bench Warrant ASAP

If you find out there is a warrant for your arrest before getting pulled over, there are things you can do to avoid going to jail. Your first step should be to get a lawyer and then call the courthouse to ask what the warrant is for. You will be told if you owe any outstanding fines/fees. These can be taken care of quickly by either paying them or setting up an appointment to speak with the judge to make payment arrangements. Depending on the reason for the bench warrant, you still may have to turn yourself in to the police department.

The courts will be glad that you have made contact and will be more than happy to work with you on making arrangements to pay the money you owe. Because the court systems in most counties are so backed up and judges' calendars are so full, the clerks are in charge of collecting payments. They are quite willing to take the money or payments without you ever having to see the judge.

4. Come to Court on Time and Prepared

  • If you decide to see the judge and dispute the charges, you will be given an appointment time.
  • Make sure you and/or your lawyer have all your paperwork in order before your appointment time.
  • You should arrive 15 minutes early so the bailiff (the judge’s assistant) is aware that you are there and can inform the judge of your presence. Your file will be there as well.
  • Your name will be called, and you will get to speak with the judge. Do not raise your voice or yell at the judge. If you do, you could be held in contempt of court. This is just a fancy way for the judge to say, “This is my house and you don’t get to yell in it.” Keep your voice even and tell your side of the story. The judge is reasonable and will listen to you.
  • If you have proof that you don’t owe money, now is the time to show it. You must give your paperwork to the bailiff, and he/she will turn it over to the judge. If the judge feels that you have given ample evidence to support your claims, your charges (fines/fees) may be dismissed. If you have paid bail (to get out of jail), it may be refunded.

5. Make Your Payments

If it is determined that you still owe money, the judge may ask you what you can afford to pay (if no bail has been posted or if money is still owed). You will be given an amount to pay (usually per month) and a date to have it paid by. Make every effort on your part to make these payments on time. If for some reason your payment will be late, try calling the courthouse and speaking with the clerk. If you let them know when the payment will be made, they will be more likely to work with you. If you don’t pay the money owed, the process will start all over again, and another bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. If another bench warrant is issued, the judge and the clerks may not be so willing to work with you, so try to handle matters properly the first time around.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions associated with warrants.

1. What's the Difference Between a Bench Warrant and a FTA Warrant?

Some people may have a failure to appear (FTA) warrant issued for their arrest. The FTA warrant is a type of bench warrant that is issued when a person has failed to appear in court or before a judge when subpoenaed or scheduled to do so.

Failing to appear is a punishable offense, and a person can be jailed for a significant amount of time-based on the type of crime or infraction they committed in addition to missing their court appointment.

The difference between a FTA warrant and a basic bench warrant is that a FTA warrant is typically issued for contempt, which is broadly defined as "anything which undermines the operations and decorum of a court." Some common examples of contempt include swearing at a judge, coming to court intoxicated, disobeying a court order, or failing to show up to court when required. Because of the broad discretion of the judge who is issuing a contempt charge, the maximum sentence is often very limited. In contrast to basic bench warrants, contempt charges can be more specific, and in some states the charges result in a lengthier maximum sentence.

2. Is a Bench Warrant Avoidable?

The short answer is yes, but because it's easy to be the subject of a warrant for a long time without knowing, some people may not realize that they've done something to earn a warrant.

Typically, a judge's request will be sent to your known address, and if you do not respond by calling the court or showing up for an appointment, the judge will issue a bench warrant. If the court system does not have your correct address, there will be no attempt made to get the correct one. They will simply mail paperwork to the address they have on file. Then, the next time you get pulled over, your name will be run through the system by a police officer.

3. What Happens When You Ignore a Bench Warrant?

Ignoring a bench warrant will have the same consequences as ignoring an arrest warrant. Ultimately, you will be taken into custody. It is best to address warrants immediately to decrease the likelihood of experiencing complications and increased legal fees.

4. How Long Does It Take for a Warrant to Show up in the System?

A warrant will show up in the system within a few hours. Warrants must be approved and signed to become active. Once that process is complete the subject of a warrant can be arrested.

5. What Happens If You Have a Bench Warrant in Another State?

According to this article from CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, if you are the subject of a warrant for a misdemeanor, "most states will allow a local attorney hired by an out-of-state defendant to handle the case. Then, the defendant does not have to appear in court. The attorney stands in for the defendant at every step of the court proceedings, though the defendant will have to serve any sentence imposed. Local counsel can (and should) also be hired in felony cases, but the defendant may still have to appear in court or post bail."

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: I have a bench warrant because I missed my court date. Can I pay a bail bonds company to keep me out of jail and get me a new court date?

Answer: Generally, you will have to stand in front of a Judge to get a new court date.

Question: I found out I had a warrant for my arrest and a $10,000 bail, so I went to the police station to turn myself in. They gave me a new court date instead. What happens now?

Answer: Now you make your court date - DO NOT MISS THIS!!!

Question: If I have a warrant, will the county clerk advise me immediately or not say anything at all?

Answer: More than likely, they will not advise you.

Question: If a bench warrant is issued in WA state, but a person now resides in FL, can this person get arrested in FL, or is it only applies to WA state?

Answer: It all depends on what the warrant is for.

Question: If I have a bench warrant in one county, would it show up in a different county?

Answer: Generally, yes.

Question: I was told I had a warrant by the constable, but no one knows anything about it, when I called DA's office they said to come talk to them, are they going to arrest me?

Answer: More than likely yes, they will do the whole booking procedure and then get you in front of a Judge. It shouldn't take a long, time but be prepared for a few hours at least

Question: how do I find out what the bench warrant on my son is for?

Answer: The courts will have record of it. FOIA it.

Question: I just found out that I have a bench warrant. What should I do?

Answer: Call the court house or county clerk's office and ask what steps you need to take to resolve it.

Question: Can you buy yourself out of a bench warrant?

Answer: Well if the bench warrant is due to past due fines - then I guess the answer would be yes. Just pay them and it's done.

Question: Who do you talk to when you call the courthouse to see if you have a warrant?

Answer: You ask for the County clerk, he/she will direct you to the person you need to speak with.

Question: What does it mean if I have received a warrant alert for my arrest, but when I looked it up there was no record of it?

Answer: More than likely it is not going to be in a public forum - you'll have to call the court house to find out.


Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on February 17, 2020:

Dana - During this time the phone is your best friend. CALL the court and talk to someone, if you don't call they don't know. They can postpone your court date.

Harold - Call the courthouse and talk to the clerk. Bring any and all proof of payments to your Attorney. If you have any documents from him/her as well when they schedule your date for court.

Naomi - Call the courthouse - set an appointment and keep that appointment. No, it does not mean you will be arrested. The arrest comes because the Judge wants to talk to you, if you make your appt. he/she gets to talk to you.

Brandi - Unlawful imprisonment will have to be discussed with your Attorney.

Kathy Webb - regardless of weed being legal now, at the time it was not. He still has to finish what the court set for him unless the court foregoes the charges.

Dana on February 15, 2020:

Police came to my home to arrest me. This was on Friday, one month after my car accident. Is it ok to wait until Monday to turn myself in? I want to speak to a lawyer before I turn myself in. I was injured during the accident: my back was broken many more injuries. I had a back surgery form S to T spine, I have follow up appts for my hips (legs numb) I am still in wheel chair, most of the time and walker sometimes., What should I do?

Harold on November 07, 2019:

My lawyer appeared in place for me in eastpoint mi court. He is a retained lawyer. He told me that my presence was not needed and that we were waving the arraigement he filed apperence for me and him and then a week later i have a bench warrent for 7500 dollars 10% is this legal? Ia it my lawyers fault or is the court doing operating outside of the law to make money abusing its power someone please help me understand my lawyer filed notice of apperance for us both before he waived the arriagnment at 1:00p.m. that day. Now the court is saying he did not file the NoA in time my. Lawyer says i need to jist pay the bond is that right and my only option?

Victor on November 05, 2019:

I have a warrant for my arrest if i pay the fine do i still go to jail?

Naomi on November 01, 2019:

I have a bench warrant for my arrest I haven’t been able to appear in court my husband works out of town n I have kids not inc school and nobody to help me watch them . court is out of town and the incident was for animal at large . I want to resolve it if I can get to court is there a chance I will be arrested ?

Brandi on October 21, 2019:

I was arrested on Friday, for a failure to appear. Yet, my court date that was written on the paper said October 21st 2019. I showed proof, yet the police officer still had to do his job (which i understand) This was for a minor traffic ticket. I showed the judge my paperwork, and it showed that I was right. Does that count as unlawful imprisonment? Also this was my first time going to jail, and i dont want to ever go back.

JonS391980 on October 05, 2019:

So if i ask a question repeatedly and not getting any answers why is saying that I have a comment about my question on this site .... i have still yet had answer to my questions so explain why you say ask a question or make a comment if YOU'RE NOT GOING TO ANSWER SOMEONE?! Look ppl for the love of god they will not answer your question and then if they do its probably not rgt i know im not the only person who Is on a very limited budget but i got some real good advice for 24.95 and now i have a law firm to help me with anything!!!! Yes its prepaid legal services dont believe anything like this this person is not gonna help you in a timely manner! Im sorry i really think its AWESOME to help but 4 days and nothing i mean really!?! Stop making some ppl feel like someone is on their side when your really not .... false hopes for some people is just as bad as anything!!!! You honestly could destroy someones life and it doesn't matter to you but as a human being with a heart this page NEEDS TO BE REMOVED AND YOU LEGITIMATELY DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO BE A LEGAL ADVISOR PPL PLEASE DON'T RELY SOLELY UPON THIS FOR HELP BECAUSE THIS IS NOT RAN BY A LAW FIRM AND PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO COULD USE HELP DON'T GET IT AND YOU MIGHT BE IN FOR A RUDE AWAKENING BUT TO LOOK IN TO PREPAID LEGAL SERVICES IS LEGAL AND LEGIT!!!! I GOT THE HELP I NEEDED FOR PENNYS ON THE DOLLAR PPL LOOK IN TO THIS PLEASE DON'T WAIT GET HELP NOT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE LAWS AND WHAT I WAS TOLD DID NOTHING BUT MAKE IT WORSE FOR ME PLEASE IF YOU REALLY NEED SOME LEGAL ADVICE CALL A LAWYER ALL OF THEM GIVE HELP FOR FREE !!!!! AND OR PREPAID LEGAL SERVICES IS THE WAY TO GO 24.95 !!!! NOW IM COMPLETELY COVERED FOR 60% OF NORMAL LEGAL SERVICES AND SOME STUFF IS FREE BUT IF NOT YOU GET A DISCOUNT FOR HELP FROM TICKETS TO WILLS TO DIVORCE AND CUSTODY PLEASE DON'T WAIT TILL IT'S TO LATE LOOK IN TO IT SWEAR 24.95 or 299.99 a year !!!!! Cheaper then a cable bill and cell phone and could keep you out of jail !!!! And u can also have 24/7 assistants its worth it PEOPLE

Kathy Webb on October 05, 2019:

My son 3 years ago and Michigan got caught with a little bit of weed you sent him home they did not arrest them that day but then put him on probation and tried to finish the probation and three years later they picked him up on it now weed is legal in Michigan can they still do that

JonS391980 on October 01, 2019:

Ok i had asked a question about paying a warrant off . Now here is my problem its 3 ago its my 1st offense and i dont live the state i missed it because of my parents health my mom fell and shattered her elbow and my dad has to have pretty 24/7 care he has cancer and Parkinson type 1 diabetic he also has copd thats the reason i missed it i was told that i could come in and be put on the doc but 815 -2 ok so i made 4 trips and every time I went earlier and earlier and the door had sign and said no more addons so i cant get a new day but i cant keep driving there to just try so what should I do i was thinking about getting a lawyer and telling them what is going on and see if i pay it and we make arrangements for a new court date for it or something but idk what to do i cant keep chancing it over and over i mean its 250.00 and but i have to take care of my parents so i cant be picked up on something stupid i just don't know how to do this

StevenCurry on September 30, 2019:

The statement that, "If you have any contact with the police for any reason while an active warrant exists, you will be arrested," is a debatable point of law, but unfortunately this most often holds true. According to the US Supreme Courts holdings on a number of landmark 4th and 5th Amendment cases, it is unlawful for law enforcement to just randomly ID an individual citizen for purposes involving a criminal database check for outstanding wants and warrants. In any US jurisdiction, in general, there are three types of interactions between police and citizens: consensual, detention & arrest. It goes without saying that the police are allowed to speak to a person or ask a person questions at any time. In a consensual type interaction, people are not required to provide or show legal identification or their name, address, age or other personal information. Likewise, a citizen in a consensual scenario with police is free to leave at any time. Citizens are considered detained when their freedom to leave is removed. In most states, the doctrine of reasonable suspicion permits police to legally detain a person under circumstances that reasonably indicate that person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. Another legal name for these interactions is "Terry Stop," referring to the legal standards set forth in the 1968 landmark case of Terry v. Ohio (citations omitted). Whether individuals must provide identification under the Terry doctrine depends on individual state laws. Roughly 24 states now have "stop and identify" statutes that require people to identify themselves when legally detained. Under these laws, refusing to identify oneself is an arrestable crime. Of course, it is the law in most states that a person under arrest is required to provide identification. However, believe it or not, there are no states that require a person to carry identification. Different obligations apply to drivers of motor vehicles, who generally are required by state vehicle codes to present a driver's license to police upon request.

So, regardless of the states' laws on Stop & Identify in a detention scenario, it is not lawful in any state for the police simply to randomly approach a citizen for the purpose of demanding proof of the person's identification, unless reasonable suspicion and/or the Terry doctrine attaches to the otherwise consensual interaction, thus initiating a lawful detention. As the author of this piece has noted, even a simple and seemingly innocent interaction with police will often lead to the arrest of an individual who has an active bench warrant. While the author has certainly outlined a person's best options in resolving a bench warrant, I would also stress that citizen's should know their rights and inherent constitutional safeguards when dealing with any type of police interaction, and especially if you have something to hide. Because people sometimes are unclear if a police interaction is consensual or they are being detained, the one surefire way to know is to simply ask the police, calmly and with respect, "am I free to go?" The police are legally obligated to tell you if you ask. If you are detained, showing ID is still only required in the 24 "Stop and Identify" states. Moreover, the police must tell you the crime you are suspected of presently committing, about to commit, or have committed in the past.

JonS391980 on September 28, 2019:

Ok i have a bench warrant from 2016 its a failure to appear and its 250.00 yes i was stupidly stole some money from the place i worked i take care of my dad because of his health he is 87 years old and is very bad shape week after i got in trouble my mother fell and was hurt really badly had to have 2 surgeries all that going my court date was 3 months later i didn't go it was only 250 and i have never been in trouble that way i knew i was gonna have to pay it back and pay court cost i am not going to run and run and run over 250 and my 1st charge i have only had speeding tickets nothing else im not someone who does this all the time im a good person and forgot because of my parents and im honestly the only help they have i called the court house and the told me to come in and get on the addon now 815 is the lastest you can go i have 3 days in a roll and theres been a sign on the door saying no more addon went at 745 next 720 and the last day at 7 i really don't want to go to jail over this what do i do i have the money to pay for bond should i go turn myself in and pay to get a new court date

Kellz on September 27, 2019:

I am the victim in a case and the d.a wants me to come into court but i refused now they have had the judge issue a bench warrent for me to force me to come into court is there anyway i can get rid of the warrant without going into court?

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on July 19, 2019:

I would think it is possible. It is also possible to call the court clerk and ask how you can resolve this. In this instance the phone is your BEST friend, use it! Misdemeanors don't generally require an Atty. So yeah, make that call.

Mike on July 18, 2019:

If I'm in another state and have a misdemeanor charge in another state can I have a local attorney in the state where the charge is at go to court on my behalf

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on May 15, 2019:

Anthony Smith - Honestly when it comes to the court system 'they' can do what they want and unless there is an Attorney to call them on it - they can get away with it.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on May 15, 2019:

Caroline - Your mom has 3 FTA? Is there a reason for that? 1 I can understand but 3 seems excessive. Honestly it all depends on jail crowding and the reason for the warrants as to whether or not she will do jail time. Criminal history also plays a huge part in the Judges decisions. If she has been warned numerous times and continues to break the law judges may not be so lenient.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on May 15, 2019:

If they gave you a compliance slip you should be fine. Just carry that with you when you go to court. You can explain your financial situation to the Judge and he/she may work with you on a payment plan. They are usually pretty good with that, they understand life happens.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on May 15, 2019:

Mazie - if you are concerned about being arrested - give them a call and see if you can set up a court date. Your phone is a good tool during these times. You can't be arrested over the phone.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on May 15, 2019:

BAR1826 - When involved with the Courts never accept anything is automatic. Because your son is unable to call, has he named you as someone who can speak on his behalf? You could call his PO and explain what has happened and where he is currently housed. Even though the fines are paid does not necessarily mean he is off probation, it just depends on how much time he was given. A good phone call is the best you can do for your son.

BAR1826 on May 13, 2019:

My son state fines are completely paid off and on time . . . .Does this automatically stop his appointments with seeing his probation officer once a month when the fines are paid in full..My son not able to call his P.O due to being in hospital in blackout for mental issues .what should i do

Mazie on May 04, 2019:

I have an assault 2 and a warrant if I go in and ask for a court date will I be arrested?

Rachel on May 03, 2019:

So, I have a FTA for a traffic ticket that I DID appear for before a judge. I was able to get my fine reduced and traffic school, but I found out the FTA was made before I was even supposed to make the payment to the court as my license got suspended for it (which is now passed due because I’ve been trying to deal with it and also have been having financial trouble since my hours were severely cut at work). What will happen if I go to court to take care of it? I have proof that I showed up to court (compliance slip) and I never received anything else from the courthouse (or anybody else) stating that I have a FTA.

Rachel on May 03, 2019:

So I have a FTA but I did appear in court for the ticket I got (traffic ticket). My license got suspended partly due to the FTA (partly due to lapse in insurance- I have a previous DUI and am still in probation for it) and now I have a ticket for driving on suspended license (misdemeanor). The FTA was put on me before I was even supposed to pay my fine for the ticket I got the FTA for. I still have my compliance letter from court stating when I was supposed to pay and I was going to take traffic school for it to (and now it’s passed due because I was trying to save money deal with it and my hours at work have been severely cut). Any advice? What do you think will happen when I go to court?

Caroline on April 29, 2019:

I bailed my mom out of jail for 3 failure to appears. Well I called a week later to find out her court dates for all three county’s she went to her first one and today we find out she missed one but when I had called they gave me another date called up there today and they told me she had to court dates for the same county but they had not given me the date for the one she missed today. I called her attorney and our bail bondsman the attorney is going to try and get it on the recall calendar if not her bail is set 1000 what are the chances the attorney can get her on the recall calendar when she has a history of missing court 3 times

Anthony Smith on March 18, 2019:

and nothing was said about the bench warrant Courthouse to settle the matter of the speeding ticket and driving under suspension and that's when they showed me the bench warrant does that sound like a legal way to do things or what I will send that out right now

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on February 03, 2019:

When you pay it, you are not responsible for it. It is still all on her. Generally it is still the ticket costs and maybe some court fines. It shouldn't be an all day thing, just a few hours. She'll be given a time to show up for court. The cases are usually in a 2 1/2 hour window, dealing one right after the other. More than likely once it is paid that will be the end of it.

annoyedsister on February 01, 2019:

My sister has a bench warrant that was issued over 2 weeks ago for a unpaid traffic violation, we live in Missouri. I'm have made it a point in my life not to have to deal with this crap. Well evidently I have to now because I am the closest relative and we can't let her go to jail. So I'm making her act like the adult her age says she is and call before hand to see how this should work and how much money I really need. But in general what should I be expecting here? Is this an all day process?, something that takes several days? Do I need miss work? So we pay her ticket when she turns herself in or separately? How expensive is a bench warrant? her original ticket was only $85. And this may seem like a stupid question but if I bail her out how responsible am I for her actions while she is released? Personally I feel she made her bed and she needs to lie in it.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on January 07, 2019:

You can ask the Judge to agree to payment arrangements. Usually they will do so. But you must keep up with them.

tina on January 03, 2019:

what happens if you don't have the money to pay the warrant?

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on December 06, 2018:

Oh yes, I am sure that misdemeanor warrants will fade away over time.

Les on December 06, 2018:

I once had a bench warrant for a misdemeanor out of Tempe, Az. By the time the city of Tempe issued the bench warrant, I was already far away from Arizona. Well, 5 years passed and the city just up & decided to dismiss all the charges and, thereby, eliminate that warrant they had for my arrest. So yes, warrants CAN go away w/o having to cower to the courts like some sheeple-type of a person. Of course, I doubt a felony warrant will ever go away by itself but misdemeanor ones will.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on November 15, 2018:

Well one would think that by Wednesday you'd have been at the courthouse bright and early to avoid any more problems. 24 hours in the world of courts is NOT 3 - 8 hour days. It is 24 hours. If they issued it on Monday, Courthouse was closed on Tuesday, you should have known to be in there on Wednesday. You are asking me this 9 days after election day so I am assuming you got yourself into trouble and are trying to get off on a technicality. Just imagine if I, a lowly writer can see thru your ruse what a seasoned Judge can see.


Troy Tillette on November 15, 2018:

I missed my court date so thry gave me 24 hrs before issueing a warrant and this was on a monday and courts were closed tuesday for elecion day does that count as part of the 24hrs

IsrealHope on May 08, 2018:

First off, thank you for all the information on here. I was given 18 months of Probation in 2014. Community sac, drug tests, fines, etc. I completed everything with a smile, paid what I could, when I could... I was homeless at the time. I informed my P.O. of my financial situation & asked for an extension, she sent paperwork to my judge & he issued a VOP for failure to pay. I completed the payment of the fines in a total of 20 months, i thought I was in the clear because I completed all the payments, WRONG! Now 2018, I live in a completely different state, I have a career, on the verge of advancement & I’m informed that I have an open warrant, I’ve tried requesting to be put on the Judges docket & I was given the run around, what do I do....... I don’t have the funds for a lawyer to come with me..... I have taken 3 days off work & am in the state where it occurred, how should I go about this resolve? Please help.......

Bina Baby on May 08, 2018:

Chelo- What Were The Task You Failed To Complete? Have You Been Sentenced On Your Charges Yet? Did You Tell The Officer Or Judge That Your Pregnant?

This Is Advise For Everyone - If You Have A Warrant Call Your Court House And Ask What You Need To DoTo SSquash It...Do Not Tell Them Your Name Just Your Situation And How You Got A Warrant. ..They Will Let You Know How To Squash It! Be Prepared As Much As Possible Because Judges Love To See That You Care Enough About Your Freedom To Get All Info! Make Sure You Can Tell The Judge What Your Next Step Is Going To Be And How You Will Make It...Tell Him Your Goals And Even Your Kryptonite and let him know what happened that led you to getting a ticket or arrest be honest with him and tell him how this effected your life! Know Your Shit And Turn Yourself In...Don get caught up i looks bad..be an adult and turn yourself inn 90% of the time the judge will thank you and let you out right away!

Down on my luck. on May 07, 2018:

I was ordered to pay monthly, but my own bills took most of my income, then I missed my court date to review if I had payed anything. When I call the court house and do see the Jud again will he give me a second chance to start paying or put me in jail, it was for a fender bende

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on May 01, 2018:

Well I can say the best day to turn yourself in is a Monday, earlier the better, so even a Sunday night could work. The booking process takes a bit of time, a couple of hours at least. I have always known Judges to do arraignments after lunch. This is all part of the process. It could be the same day, depending on when the Judge does the arraignments. Unless you call and ask when they do them, each County is different and depending on how 'busy' your County is. For instance Cook County in Chicago could take longer, Dade County in Florida could take a few days as well. It all depends on the volume that the Courts need to handle. The only thing I can tell you about DUI's is it's going to cost a LOT of money. It would behoove you to get an Attorney and talk to him before turning yourself in. If you have the finances he may even be able to help you avoid any jail time. One who specializes in DUI's would be best and one from the County your warrant is from. As far as the Min. and max time - it all depends on how busy the Court volume is, how large the County is and how many court cases they have to deal with. But it has to do with arraignment time.- you go in from of the Judge - that will be your arraignment - he will then set a court date, he may then set bail at which time he will tell you how it can be paid. Best of Luck to you!!

Jestin Moore on April 30, 2018:

My name is Jestin Moore, I have a bench warrant out for my arrest. I have had it for a while, I would like to resolve this by turning myself in to the court system. I was inquiring your help with a few questions. How long would I be in jail or holding tank minimum time and maximum? If I posted bail? What is my bail and any other fees I may have? When is the best time to turn my self in day or time? My warrent was issued for missing a court date involving a DUI.

Thank you for your time.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 30, 2018:

Well I would think if are given a certain amount of time to complete something in exchange for something and you don't manage to complete it - their part of the bargain becomes nul and void. What I can say about having an assault charge - assault covers many areas, like a blanket... So when a police officer runs your record and it comes up you have been charged and convicted of assault he/she MUST take precautions ie; calling for back up and treating you like you are a desperado. It DOES NOT say 'oh, they had a fight with their cousin/brother/sister/best friend'... So, if a Judge says he will expunge it from your record in exchange for taking an anger management class - jump on that!! Take that class with a big ol' smile on your face and finish it accordingly. Anytime a Judge offers to take something off your record if you do something for them - do it without hesitation!! Assault can be either a high misdemeanor or Felony charge which will follow you the rest of your life, particularly employment. Get that class going!!

chris corona on April 29, 2018:

Hi im not sure if this correlates at all but I have a question. what happens if you go to court for a fight and you are sentenced to taking an anger management class to take it off your record. What will happen if you dont end up taking the course before the certificate is due?

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 12, 2018:

Honestly, I have no idea what the outcome will be. It is all dependent on the Judge and his/her beliefs on the subject. They have 'guidelines' that they must go by so the punishment of the crime cannot exceed those guidelines. Most of the time these days, as long as you were not accused of attempting to distribute, it will be a monetary fine as opposed to jail time, also providing it was under a certain amount. I think 1 oz is considered the norm. Being pregnant you more than likely have already been drug tested by your Physician (yes they do it without your knowledge) - if you are clean you can attest to that in front of the Judge and offer to take one as proof. This may lower your fines. I honestly cannot see that a Judge will put you in jail in your condition. I certainly do wish you the best of luck!!

Chelo on April 12, 2018:

Hello again I appreciate your time to answer my questions, I just have a little bit more to ask. So I failed to comply with Task. So they said s they’ve are basically reopening my case. I have a chance to talk to an attorney before I see the judge. My chargers are paraphernalia and having marijuana on me. What could be the possible outcome, I’m just truly mortified of the thought of being in jail pregnant.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 11, 2018:

Jmkm - Call the county clerks office - See what can be done. Get that taken care of. ASAP

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 11, 2018:

Payne - They may work something out with you for making payments. The only way to find out is to call. Once you get that done you'll probably have to renew your license. My State suspends a driver's license for nonpayment of a ticket.

Jmkm on April 10, 2018:

Okay, I just found out today that I have a stop sign ticket from September 2016, I had completely forgotten after we moved. I'm breastfeeding my infant and am absolutely horrified at the thought of being locked up. If I call first am I required to go to jail? I'm happy to pay.

Payne on April 10, 2018:

I got a speeding ticket like 2 years ago I just got a letter in the mail saying I have a warrant out for me form 315$ but I am currently unemployed will they work something out with me?

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 10, 2018:

Chelo - yes, they can and will arrest you, depending on the officer and the nature of your warrant. GET THAT FINE PAID... ASAP. If you have a court date for the warrant you mentioned you will most likely not be arrested because you are trying to resolve it. Again, depending on the nature or the warrant. If it's just for fines they know they probably won't put you in jail. On your court date be prepared to pay something on your fine. $100 shows 'good faith'.. $50 isn't bad if that is what you have. Best wishes to you and your new baby!!

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 10, 2018:

Mike Keoda - You are one of the the lucky ones!! Getting a letter that is. Once I discovered I had a Bench Warrant - I sat in my house until I could get it straightened out over the phone. I gotta admit I was a bit over the top but I did not want to wear those bracelets. Mine was over 15 years old due to non payment of a fine issued for my son's behavior as a child - which I was the one who turned him in, asking the courts for help. My husband, who was not his biological father was the one who was arrested that evening because they assessed him a fine that we never knew of either. The officer who arrested him is the one who said "If that woman in the car is your wife, she has a warrant as well. My daughter is the one who drove so they checked her ID as well - leaving mine out of it.

So.. your best solution - get on the phone, make some calls, have a payment idea ready in your head of how much you can pay. Some courts have the ability to pay over the phone now, if not be ready to send in a money order or cashiers check. Keep your receipt in your wallet for at least 6 months to prove that it has been paid. Best wishes to you!!

Chelo on April 09, 2018:

I have a bench warrant from last year. I just found out about because I've been moving from place to place. I am now settled in a place but I am 36 weeks pregnant and have my son to take care of. What would be the chances of me getting arrested on the spot or getting jail time? I've already called an got another court date coming up, I'm just really nervous since I'm so close to my due date.

Mike Keoda on April 09, 2018:

I just received a letter saying i have a bench warrant from 2014. How would it take the court to let me know from something years ago? I have a fine i am going to pay but i am in a different State. What is my best solution. Dont want to get pulled over and go to jail.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on March 28, 2018:

Well depending on the State you live in it is possible but not likely. I would call the FoC asap and make arrangements to see if your payments can be lowered.

Scotti dee on March 28, 2018:

Hi. I just found out today i have a child support bench warrant. I missed 3 payments because im on leave from work for a skin condition. What should i do? Are they going to come knock on my door?

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on March 16, 2018:

Patricia - I hate to say this but the Court will never admit fault... Because your husband was arrested on a bench warrant - he will be arraigned and bail will be set. They will give you a new court date - KEEP IT! They will give you exact instructions on what to do.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on March 16, 2018:

Danny - I am not sure what they will do.

Patricia on March 16, 2018:

My husband was arrested on a bench warrant because he missed court. The court system had the address entered incorrectly even though he gave them his license to copy it from when we moved and they only sent the court notice to the public defender, who sent it to a very old address. He also called about a month before court and was told that the case hadn't even left the DA's office yet. What should we do?

Danny on March 09, 2018:

I was arrested for a traffic warrent I bonded out but I forgot to show up at court so now I have a nother bench warrant for the same thing do I lose the bail money

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on March 01, 2018:

Call and see what a court date can be set up to speak to the Judge. He may possibly lower the amount owed - but there will be something owed. I don't imagine he/she will forego the entire amount. Make payment arrangements and get it paid asap. As you can see by the above article - it does not go away.

Kevin Ngueyn on March 01, 2018:

I was issued a citation when I was 13 (2012) (now 19). The officer issuing me the citation made me sign something but he didn't tell me what it was for. I now received a letter about me having a warrant. I called the county municipal court and was informed that I was supposed to appear in a courthouse along with my parents when I was a minor. The problem is my parents never informed me about having to go to a court. I am now being issued a near $1000 charge for failing to appear. Is there any suggestions you have? Thank you.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on February 23, 2018:

You have to take care of each one individually.

sara on February 22, 2018:

My sister has a warrant in two countries can she turn her self into one county and also take care of the other one while there to or do i have to go back to that county

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on February 20, 2018:

I would call the County Clerk's office and see if he can pay it check by mail or if possible debit card over the phone. They just pretty much want their money.

yvette on February 19, 2018:

my daughters boyfriend has a warrant in another county he now lives with me and my daughter but he cannot get over to the county to take care of this due to he has no car and health issues the warrant was for he had gotten pulled over at the time driving with no licence he has a licence now but at that time he had move to san bernardino county due to the declining health of his mom eventually she died and they never moved back so how do we fix this but again he he has no way of getting back over there and he has no money to take a train or stay in a hotel he needs help to get his life back together

Abby on January 29, 2018:

My son (19) years old got into a hit and run last year (2017). We've never gotten into any traffic issues and were unaware what to do. There were no officers involved and my son went into the PD to give a declaration of the event. However he missed his initial court date because he was never issued a ticket and now has a warrant. A kind officer pulled him over and gave him a ticket with a new date to appear. But I can't afford an attorney last minute. What do I do? He's being charged with a misdemeanor hit and run/ property damage.

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on January 28, 2018:

I guess I would just pay the current ticket ASAP - and keep hounding the clerk for more info. Write down each time you call, who you speak to, what they say etc...

BeeCee on January 27, 2018:

I have some traffic tickets from a while back and myself and my mom has called the clerk lady and she said b4 I send in the letter requesting a payment plan she has to email me the docket numbers b4 I can send the letter BC they need to be on there well me and my mom both been on this lady since August 2017 its now end of January 2018 the last time we spoke to her was October 2017 she said she made a note of it to keep checking our email she has until Christmas (2017) to handle her end of sending the Info we need well its way after Christmas and I was like ok they are warrants now I just want to handle my payments and get it done and over with well I got pulled over a few nights ago picking up my husband from work he got off at midnight it was raining so I was tryna grab him real fast and get home and go to bed BC it was like around midnight well just as I'm about to get to him a cop pulled me over same one that pulled me over b4 when I got those other tickets I been trying to get the info I need well anywho he said r u the same person I pulled over a wile back well technically it was n July 2017 its almost February 2018 so it was a while back but anywho I didn't lie I told him yes I'm the same person I wasn't even trying to come pick him up but its cold as hell its raining and i called everyone I cld to try and get someone else to get him but no luck well he gave me a ticket but didn't say anything about me having a warrant of any kind or anything BC i really thought I was gonna have to kiss my 5 yr old goodbye and sleep n a jail instead of at home with her but he didn't mention anything he just gave me my ticket said get home and stay there u ain't gotta tell me twice I ain't left this house since then and that was like 5days ago I'm just not really sure what 2 do BC I've never felt with anything like this b4 I have never been in trouble with the law b4 except these traffic tickets thats it

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on December 18, 2017:

I'm not exactly sure, I'd call the county clerk and ask.

Daniel deck on December 17, 2017:

Can someone go in and pay the 250 bond for my warrant or do I have to turn myself in its over a traffic violation

Eric on October 13, 2017:

What if your a juvinile and you skipped court what happens if u keep runnin from the system for longer than a year?

Jodi Perl on October 13, 2017:

My suga daddy pressed $6,000 theft off his card when i moved out. I was not informed that I had court in or had been indicted now there is a warrant. I have court for an arraignment next week but in mean time he is trying to get charges dropped can he drop them at the arraingment hearing and all this be cleared up

Robert on September 20, 2017:

DUI arrest month ago, called for court date was told it would take 4-6 weeks & receive in mail. Called again today & was told the court appearance was today, I missed it so now warrent issued for my arrest & $1000 bail. Never received court date in mail, was told they mailed it to a different address in a city I've never lived. Now I have to turn myself in, be rebooked & pay another $1000. What are MY rights and options?

Tyrann on September 16, 2017:

Got traffic bench warrants. Got to depend on others to get around. Constantly in fear of going to jail. I stay in a country town with only a few other young blacks. ALL of them are in the same boat with me. It makes me feel like a failure in life and suicidal. I'm 28

Edward on September 03, 2017:

I am on probation for child support and was working and paying but missed a hearing and a warrant was issued.im wondering if I get a new job will I be arrested when the gov. finds out and the garnishment starts again

ryan on July 13, 2017:

i asked my judge to pay my 6 month probation fine all together he said yes. I paid the court clerk in front of him. the attornys office set out a bench warrant and the money I paid to the clerk, what do I do to refund that money and lift the warrant if I don't have a receipt because it was 2 years ago

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on June 24, 2017:

Well - that all depends on the reason said person is in jail. If they are in jail specifically for non-payment then it is quite possible that paying that debt would get them released.. I would go and talk to the County Clerk and see what they have to say about it. The person who is in jail should also know, maybe a visit on visiting day could answer a few questions.

Koi on June 24, 2017:

Hi I wanted to ask if someone is already incarcerated for their bench warrant, is there a way that a person can pay off their warrant through the courts while that person is in jail? And once the warrant is paid off will they be able to bond out?

Jim on June 06, 2017:

A friend has a bench warrent in New York City for misdemeanor possession of marajuana which is 10 years old. He lives in California. When he had local police check his record it was still showing. Will it ever expire? If not, how do I get it off my record?

Tammy on May 26, 2017:

I had moved from ga to il last year I guess I missed court in Nov but I never got the letter so they issued a bench warrent for failor to appear than yesterday I did get one saying I need to be in ga for court on June 5 or a bench warrent will be issued when I go what you think will happen I didn't miss it on purpose it's for misaminor

Olivia heisley on April 28, 2017:

My bf is being treated unfairly and there was consipcy and illegal searches, they broke my leg and busted out my my teeth. I need some legal help. I filed a civil lawsuit against the police officers but got denied. All because I wasn't working for a year due to my mental, physical state. I am gonna file a appeal and a civil against Ventura county law enforcement

Sweetsusieg (author) from Michigan on April 11, 2017:

Wow, I am so sorry to hear that. He has gotten you into a pickle for sure. You say he has told you that 'he took care of it' - in order for him to have done that he would have already admitted that he used an alias, so it's not like you would be getting him into any trouble. I would suggest that you call the court and make arrangements to go in front of the Judge for a FTA (Failure to appear) - bring your brother at that time, let him explain what he did. If you go in front of the Judge and lie, yes that is breaking the Law and you could actually get into worse trouble than what your brother could face. Never lie to the Judge - they spend 5 days a week at least 50 weeks a year (two weeks vacation) studying the faces of those who come in front of them - there is no lie that you could tell that would be good enough to convince a Judge.

Best of Luck to you!!

Bradley Marcum on April 10, 2017:

Hello and thank you for the info.....I know this is an old thread but I wanted to ask a question that you may be able to answer...

I recently found out that my brother used my name in a traffic stop. (Ticket was for not having drivers license on him). He had warrants at the time and didn't want to go to jail at that time. He swore he would take care of it......long story short, he didn't take care of it and now I have a warrant for failure to appear. My question is can I handle this In a way that doesn't involve me turning my brother in?

In other words, can I say that I found out about the warrant by accident and play dumb like I have no clue who would have used my name? Is that breaking the law? Can my name be cleared if I have proof it wasn't me who was originally pulled over?

Thanks so much for your help

Sweetsusieg on February 09, 2017:

@ T-funk - The best answer I have for you would be to start making phone calls. Find out what the warrant is for - if it is a failing to appear, court fines and fees that weren't paid - or whatever the reason for the warrant is. Once you know the 'whys' then you can figure out the 'how to fix'. Your first step is the County clerk's office, after that then the name of the Judge and his/her clerk's office.

Whatever you do - be as nice and as patient as humanly possible with each person in that courthouse - kindness will get you everywhere!! They will be more willing to help you if you are nice, even if they can't help you they will help direct you to the next step. If you are mean or snarky or snotty to them you will get absolutely nowhere.

@Jessica - How did it turn out? Did he go to court and get it all settled?

T Funk on February 08, 2017:

I just found out that I have a bench warrant from almost 2 years ago, I had no clue about it until a new job did a background check and it came up. I want to know if there is anyway I can take care of it over the phone, I no longer live in the state it is in and have no way to get back . It is a misdemeanor, " exhibit a deadly weapon other than firearm ". It was used on myself, no other person was at risk or involved. I was never given a court date or official charges, spent the night in a holding cell. I got out, went home and never heard another thing about it. I'm wondering what is the next course of action I should take ? I called the courts and they told me to go to my local sheriff /police station /office, and they would push out a court date in the state it is for . I have no way to get back to that state and as of now no job until further notice from the company ( I've already been working there for a month and a half ). I am so lost\, frustrated, and confused, any info / help on my situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you .

Chris G on January 27, 2017:

Silly question maybe but do you need your photo ID on your person when you turn yourself in on a warrant

Andrew Esteves on January 22, 2017:

May there be anyone willing ( State New Jersey) to assist me, with a free consultation . Quick overview. I have obtained a bench warrant for missing a court date. Reason for the court date- to update my Time Payment Plan. I would appreciate a quick response via E-mail or Via phone considering my first Probation hearing is the 27th. Please and thank you.

Jessica on January 11, 2017:

My fiance lost his wallet a few weeks ago, he went to the DMV to replace it and was informed that he had a warrant out for his arrest and was given a printout of the case involved. That case was settled about 6 months ago. When he called the courts he was informed it was for another case. In 2014, he was arrested for "attempted theft," taken to jail and given a court date. He went to his court hearing but the case was "not filed" and was told to check in by calling or check online if it the case was file. Time goes by and he loses his paperwork (which I recently found two days ago). He called the first couple of months and checked online using his name and DOB but nothing comes up. Now all of a sudden he has a warrant for his arrest. He has been given another court date for tomorrow. How likely is it that he will be arrested? We cannot afford for him to lose his job over this.

Sweetsusieg on December 10, 2016:

Oh you are very welcome Dana - I'm so glad it helped!

Dana on December 09, 2016:

Thank you, Sweetsusieg! I really appreciated this blog and related comments as well. More informative than even info you would get from a legal site.

Sweetsusieg on December 06, 2016:

Dana - that is Great news to hear!! Congrats to you and good job on looking it up!!

Kind of weird - Some place do and some don't, I would think depending on the charges.

Kind of weird on December 06, 2016:

Are they allowed to not give you any onfo on what yiu are chared with? I.e. refuse to tell you the date and/or time whatever they are charging you with happened?

Dana again (from 2 posts up) on December 05, 2016:

Wow, so I did some searching and found a case search option on the court's website, which did not even exist 8 months ago (when the website was literally 1 page). Sure enough my case came up, but apparently back December of 2013, my warrant was canceled from LEIN, my fines were reversed, my case was "dismissed" and then it said "case closed." Feb. of 2014, it said "SOS clearance requested" and "SOS clearance accepted." I called Secretary of State to verify that I was indeed clear to get my license...and I AM!!!!! I looked up the judge's name on the file and she had just gotten elected chief judge in 2013. I'm wondering if maybe she went through old petty cases and just dismissed the ones that weren't worth keeping around? Who knows! I'm just thrilled and thought I would share the good news!!!

Sweetsusieg on November 28, 2016:

Dana - Yes, absolutely call a lawyer for a free consultation!! That is always your best bet.

Jessee - I would call and ask if you can mail the money in rather than having to appear in person. That's a heck of a trip to take just to pay fines. You'll probably have to use a money order which is for the best because you'll then have a reciept to show it's been paid. I would think that if the only reason they would hold you is due to fines and you paid them there would be no reason to hold you.

Jesse on November 28, 2016:

I recieved a letter from a pennsylvania constable saying I had to show up for fta for unpaid fines, I have all the money to pay it off the day I go, if I pay it off will I still be held for fta?

Dana on November 27, 2016:

In 2004 I got a ticket in Detroit for loitering in a place "where narcotics are sold, kept, or stored." The police officer was really rude and told me he was going to give me tickets that would cost "hundreds of dollars." First, I wasn't loitering; I was simply driving down the street. I came to an intersection where a police car had pulled up to. They flashed their lights for me to go, even though they had the right of way, so I knew I was going to get pulled over. I also was given a ticket for not using my turn signal (I can't rightly remember if I did or not, but I guess they needed some reason to pull me over). I paid the traffic ticket, and appeared in court for the loitering ticket. I pled not guilty and was given another court date, which I wasn't able to get to, and thus a warrant was issued. Yes, now it's 2016, and I really want to get this taken care of as my license has been suspended all these years because of this. The only problem is I don't have "hundreds of dollars." I'm on disability and have been since 2002. I found out that back in 2011 there was a class-action lawsuit involving many people that were wrongly issued loitering tickets in Detroit for doing nothing wrong. All those people got their tickets dismissed. I wish I had known that that lawsuit was going on back then. I have tried to call the lawyer who represented all those people, but they never return my phone calls.

Would calling a lawyer for a free consultation be worthwhile? Or should I just call the court house like you suggested? I want to skip the whole going to jail thing, and just get in to see the judge. The only reason I've held off for so long is that I don't the money to pay the ticket. If only I would have had a ride to that second court date. :(

Sweetsusieg on November 15, 2016:

Is there a reason you waited 5 years to address this? As you stated you were not guilty - did you by chance go in front of the Judge and plead 'not guilty'? He would have had to prove you were guilty. Remember for the most part here in the US we are 'innocent until PROVEN guilty'. Some people forget that and get scared and just don't show up for court.

At some point you are going to have to stand in front of the Judge and plead your cause/case. Remember your rights.. you have the right to remain silent and the right to an Attorney if you cannot afford one. You also have the right to a trial should you need one. Now I'm going to tell you there aren't a whole lot of judges that are going to want a trial by jury for a .02 dui where no one got hurt. So hold your ground, do not admit guilt until they bring the charges to something you can live with.

Best of luck to you!!

Joseph on November 15, 2016:

I wrongfully Got a DUI 5 years ago. I blew a 0.02 and because I had an unpaid Traffic speeding ticket, the cop busted me for a DUI. I do not want to do time for a crime I did not commit. I do have a bench warrant issued. On the charges filed, it does state that my BAC was 0.08 or higher. What can I do? I don't have money to pay an attorney and as I stated before, I do not want to do time for a crime I did not commit.

Wiliam Hazadous on October 22, 2016:

a lot of people dont really believe because you have a record doesn't make you a bad person,and regardless something i did far back as college shouldn't hunt me for the rest of my life.but the system is wrong about this and this need to be said.in my case after my DUI case and after college,i noticed each time my employers did a background check i was been let-go,i became really depressed,i couldn't work at the place i deserve or desire because of something i did years ago,which doesn't define who i am today.till a friend from work who had a similar experience told me i could have my records disappear,sounded like magic right? well it wasn't. she introduced me to a group of elite who actually got my records clean and each time any of my employers check my past records now,its clean,you can try out hackhemp@gmail.com today to have your records deleted .you can thank me later.they guarantee 100% money back.this really helped me

a lot and i think it can help someone here too.

Sweetsusieg on October 08, 2016:

Oh boy, that, I am not sure of. I would think that if she takes care of it ASAP it would b e just fine. They really don't want to keep people in jail.

Candy on October 03, 2016:

What happens when the judge puts out a bench warrant and you're already out on bail? This is a situation that my sister is dealing with

Oscar Hoyts on September 16, 2016:

Thanks you but , no Court or police or attorneys should never be trusted. EVER They all work hand in hand. Just to get your Money! They do NOT care as far as the Hill of Beans ..about you ,and your case! Listen to me folks.... If you have tones of money these Crooks right from the beginning the police ,judges.. attorneys ,ambulance you name it..! Will home into your Money. They don't give a Hoot! About your stories as long as they get your cash. Even if your accused...The System will try to do everything to Blackmail you.. frame you ..you name it. Never goto to court..! Do whatever you can to steer clear... they will accuse you because the judges... the Police e.g Think in their minds ..that their Word.. is always right...ok. They think .. :that they cannot be judge themselves..or get caught to. When anyone... trys to take them.. the so called LAW ..to jail they run and hide behind their systen...you see. You hardly hear any police or judge go to Jail...it's unusual... ??? The Law is truly the criminals .. you don't think so? ... If the Governments in this World ! Would help the poor people with making more money they have the machines! To make money...ok... If Governments had brains like me I could of made a better World... one after the other. .. none of these politicians have done anything right .. The LAW then hides behind politics and such..they are just as or worst than the public.. Their is some stupid people in this World who make crimes...and they need to be shot in the head..but the LAW has been cheatingm.. when they can't get anyone into trouble.. they will come after you! Blame you..e.g so they can get your Cash. So they can go home and feed their families who cares about you! ..This is the truth in everyone's Hearts.

Sweetsusieg on September 05, 2016:

I would think they would resolve it over the phone if you are able to make a payment.

Related Articles