What to Do if You Have a Bench Warrant

Updated on December 30, 2016
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Having a warrant for your arrest is no laughing matter. Oh, the jokes will abound from family and friends.

  • “What kind of bird can’t fly?” (Answer: Jailbird.)
  • “We have your plane tickets for your flight on ‘Con-Air.’”
  • The ever-popular "Dead Man Walking” remark (as you’re leaving the jailhouse).

To the person who has the outstanding warrant, however, the experience can be very frightening. There are various types of warrants, but the most common is called a “bench warrant.”

Bench Warrants Are the Most Common Kind of Warrant

A bench warrant happens after you have violated the rules of court; it is a written order, issued by a judge, that authorizes the police to bring you in—first to jail, then to appear in court. The police treat it like an arrest warrant and use it to bring you in front of the judge in order to complete your unfinished business in court.

A bench warrant means that the police aren’t going to come knocking on your door looking for you. The bench warrant puts your name into a statewide database, and if you interact with 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 or attempt to renew your drivers license, you will be arrested, handcuffed, and put in jail until a bond is paid on your behalf.

Is a Bench Warrant Avoidable?

One would think the easiest way to avoid getting arrested is to avoid trouble. Unfortunately, this does not always work out. Sometimes you may not even be aware that there is a warrant for your arrest.

Having a bench warrant does not necessarily mean that you are a criminal. It means the judge wants to talk to you. Judges are busy; they aren’t going to take the time to give you a call.

The 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 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 the police officer.

If you have a warrant, you will be taken into custody and held until you pay the bond (the amount of money the court has determined that you owe) or until an appointed time when the judge can see you.

These are the things you can do to avoid complications:

1. Do Not Argue With the Police

If you are allowed to post bond, 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. If you owe more than the bond 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 of course you happen to have proof that the amount owed was paid). Depending on the police 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 they didn’t create this problem; it was there when you were pulled over. It is not their fault.

2. Comply With the Arrest

  • If you had someone in your vehicle with you and they have a license, their license may be checked before being allowed to drive your vehicle. If you were 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 bond 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 your are bonded out and being 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 must be paid or there could be another warrant issued.

3. Don't Hide: 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 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 monies owed. 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 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 now is the time you 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 the money, now is the time to show it. You will give your paperwork to the bailiff and he/she will in turn hand it over to the judge. If he feels that you have given ample evidence, your charges (fines/fees) may be dismissed. If you have paid a bond (to get out of jail), it may now 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 bond 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, it will start all over again, with a bench warrant issued for your arrest.

The next time, the judge and the clerks may not be so willing to work with you, so try and do it right the first time around.

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      IsrealHope 2 weeks ago

      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.......

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      Bina Baby 2 weeks ago

      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!

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      Down on my luck. 2 weeks ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 3 weeks ago from Michigan

      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!!

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      Jestin Moore 3 weeks ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 weeks ago from Michigan

      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!!

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      chris corona 3 weeks ago

      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?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 weeks ago from Michigan

      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!!

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      Chelo 5 weeks ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 weeks ago from Michigan

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

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      Sweetsusieg 6 weeks ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Jmkm 6 weeks ago

      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.

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      Payne 6 weeks ago

      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?

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      Sweetsusieg 6 weeks ago from Michigan

      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!!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 weeks ago from Michigan

      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!!

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      Chelo 6 weeks ago

      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.

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      Mike Keoda 6 weeks ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 8 weeks ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Scotti dee 8 weeks ago

      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?

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      Sweetsusieg 2 months ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 2 months ago from Michigan

      Danny - I am not sure what they will do.

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      Patricia 2 months ago

      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?

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      Danny 2 months ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 2 months ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Kevin Ngueyn 2 months ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 2 months ago from Michigan

      You have to take care of each one individually.

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      sara 3 months ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 3 months ago from Michigan

      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.

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      yvette 3 months ago

      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

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      Abby 3 months ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 months ago from Michigan

      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...

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      BeeCee 3 months ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 5 months ago from Michigan

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

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      Daniel deck 5 months ago

      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

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      Eric 7 months ago

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

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      Jodi Perl 7 months ago

      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

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      Robert 8 months ago

      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?

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      Tyrann 8 months ago

      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

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      Edward 8 months ago

      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

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      ryan 10 months ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 11 months ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Koi 11 months ago

      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?

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      Jim 11 months ago

      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?

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      Tammy 12 months ago

      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

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      Olivia heisley 13 months ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 13 months ago from Michigan

      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!!

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      Bradley Marcum 13 months ago

      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

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      Sweetsusieg 15 months ago

      @ 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?

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      T Funk 15 months ago

      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 .

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      Chris G 16 months ago

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

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      Andrew Esteves 16 months ago

      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.

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      Jessica 16 months ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 17 months ago

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

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      Dana 17 months ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 17 months ago

      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.

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      Kind of weird 17 months ago

      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?

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      Dana again (from 2 posts up) 17 months ago

      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!!!

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      Sweetsusieg 18 months ago

      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.

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      Jesse 18 months ago

      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?

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      Dana 18 months ago

      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. :(

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      Sweetsusieg 18 months ago

      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!!

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      Joseph 18 months ago

      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.

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      Wiliam Hazadous 19 months ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 19 months ago

      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.

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      Candy 19 months ago

      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

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      Oscar Hoyts 20 months ago

      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.

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      Sweetsusieg 20 months ago

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

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      Joe 20 months ago

      I have a 7 year old warrant for a missed "review". This is in a different county but in the same state. I have the money to pay the warrant fee. I do not, however, have a way to get up there(8hr drive north) I also have proof of abstinence from the stuff that got me in trouble in the first place. This is a non-violent offence. Do you think I stand a chance at all of being able to resolve this over the phone or media?

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      Marx 21 months ago

      How can you issue a bench warrant against a Judge who issued a warrant against you without your consent?

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      Fran 23 months ago

      So I have an interesting dilemna: my daughter is a drug addict who got mixed up in a robbery. She was arrested, sentenced to drug court (a joke) and spent 60 days in jail and then 2 30 day stints with drug court inpatient rehab. She missed a court date and a bench warrant was issued. She needs real rehab not this revolving door situation. Can I get her out of the state she is in and into rehab, then deal with the bench warrant?

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      Sweetsusieg 2 years ago from Michigan

      No, you should not have to pay to quash that warrant. If you are found not guilty no, you will not have to pay any court fines. More than likely because the paperwork got screwed up the officer was looking for something he could charge someone with- otherwise it looks bad on his record.

      At some point the Judge will ask you to tell 'your side' of the story - just tell him the truth and you should be ok. "Did you have an open intoxicant in the vehicle" - 'No, your honor'. He may even ask who was driving - make it clear that you were a passenger. Ohio is a different state for sure. Their laws are way different that Michigan's.

      What ever you do make sure you are very respectful, do not wear a hat, answer with clear "Yes sir/ma'am or Your honor - No sir/ma'am or Your Honor". Respect shown in a Court room as well as the bailiff, clerk or anyone else will be duly noted to the Judge. Failure to do so will also be noted to the Judge - they are the eyes and ears of the court.

      Best of Luck to you!! Let me know how you make out!

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      Josh frazier 2 years ago

      Also i forgot to say im from michigan, if that helps.

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      Josh frazier 2 years ago

      Hi, hopefully you can help me out. I was tailgating at the michigan vs ohio state football game. On the way home we were pulled over. There was three of us, I was in the backseat of the truck. Police officer took the driver gave him a sobriety test, driver failed. Other police officer asked me and the passenger if there was any alcohol in the truck (and stated your not gonna be in trouble if so). The passenger gave him an empty beer can from under his seat. I said no because i had nothing. Next he asked if either of us could drive. I stopped drinking hours before and I probably could of drove but I said no. My nerves were shot and i wasn't driving my buddy's truck. The passenger was drunk, so he said no also. We had to wait for someone to vome pick it up. After they arrested the driver and took him to jail another officer comes up and asks us if we have any alcohol again. Now while my buddy was getting arrested after the first officer asked us I started to look around the bak seat of the truck for alcohol cans or bottles ( we had boxes of food, plates, and fold up chairs so the back seat was kind of packed). While I was looking i found two half empty warm beer bottles, one in the backseat behind the driver door cup holder and one in the seat pocket behind the driver. Which made sense because multiple people were in and out of the truck hanging out while we tailgated. So i told the second officer yes and handed him the bottles. I told him i found these back here they werent mine. Anyways someone came and picked us up my buddy went to jail for failure to blow. 2 monhs or so go by and i recieve a paper for an arraignment for driv open intox. I was confused why i didnt recieve a ticket that day or arrested that day if the officer wanted to charge me. So i go to court and I plead not guilty because the bottles werent mine. My buddy (the driver) a month earlier plead guilty to open intox and his lawyer got the failure to blow case dropped because the officer messed up the paperwork or filed it to late. Thats what my buddy told me. So after the arrangement i came back to court for a second time and i asked for a judge trial. Now for my third time going bck to court for the trial i mixed up the days and instead of thursday 4/27 at 10am I showed up friday 4/28 at 10am to fin out i have a warrant now. The clerk to me i can turn myself in at 5/6 at 9am. She said its open or something like that. Im freaking out because i really didnt have a open intox it wasnt mine and i dont wanna have all these charges. So my questions are 1) what do i do about my warrant? 2) will i have to pay to quash my warrant when i go on 5/6 at 9am? 3) am i found guilty now because i missed my date or will the judge reschedule it? And 4) if im innocent will i have to pay for any of the court fees from going 4-5 times at court? Thanks in advance any advice helps!

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      Sweetsusieg 2 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, I would think that it should be resolved. They don't want people in jail, they just want their money.

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      Amy 2 years ago

      A letter was sent from state constable today for my husband I think because of unpaid trash taxes from 2014 should this matter be easily resolved if I call them and pay the 1000 dollars ???

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      Sweetsusieg 2 years ago from Michigan

      As of yet I do not believe that the computers have connected passports to bench warrants. So you should be fairly safe... but then again I am not positive.

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      Larry 2 years ago

      Hello,I moved out of the country in August of last year,I was to appear in court in Ohio against my exwife,our court date was set for June 23 I purchased plane tickets in May for flight date of August 5 so no problem I can go to court and still make my flight,then I got a notice that the court date was changed to August15,I called the airlines to change flights and they said it would cost almost as much to change the flight as it cost originally for the ticket,so i did not go court and a friend notified me that the judge issued a bench warrant on me,I have never been in trouble with the law in my life until this,I am 64 years old and this is shocking to me.What I would like to know is does the warrant leave the county to statewide and do airport officials have it on their computers when I show them my passport when arriving in Ohio? thank you very much

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      Michael 3 years ago

      Thanks

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Depending on the State and how up to date they are with information they may know when you get to court on the new charge. Your best bet would be to try and get the first one in the process of being resolved before going into court with the second one. That way if the Judge asks you - you can say it is being taken care of and in what manner.

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      Michael 3 years ago

      If I have a warrant for a fine or capias w e u wanna call it and I have a warrant in another court for new charges which one should I turn myself into first does anyone know??

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      will 3 years ago

      Quick question will Fraser police come to my job for a driving with a suspended license warrant

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I don't imagine it will effect him in the county in which you live - particularly if his name is spelled completely wrong.

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      worried 3 years ago

      Question.. we live in missouri. Last month my husband missed his court date in a different county and they issued a warrant. We found this out by looking on the case net website for our state. He has court coming up in the county we live in now and we have been worried that they will arrest him. But looking again on the website we realized that they have his name spelled completely wrong for the county he has a warrant in. Will that save us from them getting him at court here? We plan on taking care of the warrant as soon as we have the money for his bond but won't be able too before his court date here.

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      Ro 3 years ago from Midwest

      Let me clarify some of the statements here: a Bench warrant is basically a judge deciding on a file involving what he KNOWS to be of Fact. It could be a case that has been before him/her like Failure to Appear, Rule to Show Cause, Child Support, etc. , a Warrant of Arrest is due for a case being brought forth before a judge who DIDN'T know about:Murder, Robbery, Theft, and any other crime the police has become involved thru an investigation.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I don't believe I said any different. Of course it all depends on your city, county and state as I have said numerous times (in the comments). As far as a 'general' bench warrant I do believe I was correct. As always - everything is decided at the bench - of course they have 'guidelines' to follow but they are allowed a wide berth within those guidelines. Everything in life is about common sense. Sooner or later you're going to have to pay the piper.

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      David Livermore 3 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Some of these statements are completely wrong. A lot of this depends on the city, county, state, etc. Bench warrants can be for anything, from a simple infraction to a homicide.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I'm not sure which comment you are referring to but as always YES!! Do your research and find out the laws in your State.

      As I've heard Judges say many times on various occasions "Ignorance of the law is no excuse".

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      3 years ago

      Anyone asking questions bench warrants in other states- the previous comment from around 3 years ago is wrong.

      I have bench warrant in NYC but live in a neighboring New England state. I've had my name run multiple times here at home, and though I'm not sure if it shows up- there's nothing they can do. Its only if you're in state that becomes a problem.

      However I would research and see if for any reason yours is an extraditable crime and or state.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Well, when you get your time in front of the Judge or if you have to have an Attorney, point that out. the rule of thumb is generally they must get the paperwork correct.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hi i have a question. I just got out on bail and I have my court date set, but they made a bunch of spelling mistakes on my bail papers, even wrote my birthday wrong. Did this change anything?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Honestly I have no idea what the term max is on that charge in your area. The Judge determined that he was a flight risk, that was why there was no bond. The Judge may just keep him in there so his time is served. More than likely when he is done with his time, he will be done. It all depends on what the Judge wants.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      Jenny 3 years ago

      Okay here is my problem. My boyfriend was convicted of DWLS and got weekend jail. He did 2 weekends and stopped going, he had 4 weekends left. Months later he got a bench warrant for not showing up to traffic payment court. Then got picked up on the warrent for FTA. He went to his first appearance and the judge gave him no bond and a court date in a week. Now I am wanting to know if he could get out with time served or if he is looking at more jail time?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Oh this is so wonderful to hear!! I am glad everything worked out as it did for you. Thank you so much for coming back to let me know what happened. God Bless!!

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      Stefanie Nicgorski 3 years ago

      Hello Hub, I just wanted to let u know everything turned out good, I went and got my bench warrant cleared up today, went in this morning, and I got my case taken care of too, I got one year probation, and once the year is done I get my record expunged, as long as I don't get into any trouble which I won't, and its for something I did like I said over a year and half ago almost now, and im doing great in life now, the judge was very nice and understanding, and I explained that I never received my court date letter otherwise I would have been their,, and she understood and said thank you for explaining yourself and being honest, And Then The DA, and My Public Defender who was great by the way, came to a good deal for me, that I get one years probation, that I stay in the treatment that I am in, which im doing great, and started my treatment way before I ever was on probation, over eight months ago now, and that I stay on my mental health medication, and as long as I do everything, I get my record cleared next July 21st 2015, So I was really happy with the plea bargain and took the guilty plea because I was guilty I did do something dumb over a year and almost half ago, And I am glad I am doing better and changed my life around completely over the past almost year now:) Now its weird my probation is Online probation in Montgomery county, I live In bucks county, but they said their not going to switch it over, their just going to have me do online probation, I only have to check in once a month on the tenth of every month and answer ten ?'s and that's it, up until my year, just have to check in once a month online, So I don't have to drive all the way down to Montgomery county, since I am from Bucks, and its like a 45 min drive to an hour drive away, They gave me all the information at the Adult probation office today, and I have to create a sign in name and password, and I can either pay 36 dollars for six months, and then renew it when the six months is up, and then pay another 36 bucks for my last six months of probation until im done, or just pay 72 dollars for the whole 12 months probation that I have to do, Ill prob end up just paying the whole 72 dollars just so I don't have to renew it again after six months, this is the first time I ever heard of Online probation, or ever had to do online probation, I've only been on probation one other time and it was in Bucks county, Has anyone ever heard of this? I was wondering if you knew about this Hub? its weird but its kind of cool and different, But I am just glad I got this over and done with, and now when I go and look up my name for bench warrants my name no longer comes up:) that's a relief, My advice to anyone who has Bench warrants, especially ones for miss court dates is to try not to be nervous and just notify the court house immediately, and try to get in as soon as possible, because they really do understand that things do happen, and that mail can get lost or mixed up, or if you couldn't make it because you had work that day or just because you forgot, or got court dates mixed up, their was so many different ppl in their today with Bench warrants too, and a lot of them had reason's like that, and a lot more different ones, and the Judge was very understand, I forget the judges name, but if I remember I do want to state her name and make it known that she is a very good judge in Montgomery county, I found out about my Bench warrant July 4th, and I was so upset, because I didn't even know I had a court date for June 25th, or I would have been their, And of course it was a holiday so I couldn't call because no one was in, So as soon as the holiday and weekend was over I called to let them know that I was going to come in to get it taken care of, but then my fiancé and I ended up having problems with our SUV, So we ended up trading it in and getting a New car just last Monday, which I love, and I was just so nervous to go in, but finally my fiancé pushed me this morning and said Stef you go to get this taken care of its no going to go away, and you don't want to get pulled over for something, and then the bench warrant coming up, and them arresting you and bringing you in their selves because that's usually not so good then, So I went in early got it done, and Like I said even got the court case finished and over and done with:) So it turned out alright, Someone did come into today who was picked up this morning for a bench warrant and they brought him in before the judge I had too, and he was a lucky guy because she let him go, and he actually got his case done today too and got probation also, I am not sure what his charge was I forget, think something with drugs too or something, but he's lucky she was forgiving and understanding, because he didn't even come in, He was pulled over im not sure which county, and they brought him in this morning, so he was lucky, but not ever judge is like that, so I suggest if you have A bench warrant, please go get it cleared asap, don't let it go, the stress of you waiting and just worrying everyday about going out, and when your out driving and worrying about getting pulled over because of it, is just not worth it, I am so mad that I worried for Two weeks for nothing, But glad its over, Thanks again Hub your site is very helpful, God bless.

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      Stefanie Nicgorski 3 years ago

      Hello Hub, I called In the early Morning today, and explained everything, and they told me to just come in anytime this week to clear it, so I told them id be in first thing tomorrow morning, Damn right lol, I don't want to have to pay the 15,000 dollar unsecure bail, which is what would happen if I would let it go, But I did notify them, And im going in the am to get this corrected, so then my Bench warrant will be cleared, And that is crazy that they don't have to even tell you if you have a bench warrant? What the heck, well they sure as hell sent me a letter, its funny I didn't get my court letter but this one sure as hell got their lol for missing, But apparently it seems to happen a lot, but I have always gotten my court mail, I don't understand what the heck would have happen to the letter, but They seem to be understanding, I am still nervous but my fiancé and my one friend who is going in with me said ill be fine, its not like I am just not going and letting it go, And it did say in my letter that this matter can be resolved, so that's good at least, I just hope I am not stuck their for hours like I was the last time I went for Pre Trail in April, Omg took em like over three hours, Just to tell me that I could sign a 60 day waiver so I could get the letter that I needed to give to the public defender's office, Which I was waiting to Fax it to them Two weeks before my court date but never heard from them and kept waiting and kept update with my parents but they never got the letter, But my fiancé wrote the letter for me stating to the public defenders office that I have no form of Income at the moment, so I can get a public defender, For this last Pre Trail case, Which they will either give me the next court date tomorrow, Or they will have to send it in the mail, which I swear if I don't get something within next month I am going to call them everyday so this Issue never happens again lol. But at least my Fiancé is off work this week he has paid vacation, So he's just going to take the letter with and then will take it up to the public defenders office after I get my Bench warrant lifted and stuff, And that is crazy WY chic, what happened with that, I can't believe that man made such a big deal about hundred dollars wow, Alright well Ill be on tomorrow after this is all cleared up and let everyone know what happened, Good night, and Thanks,

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      about 17 years ago we had an incident with a repair shop - we had taken our video camera in for repairs. Every time we called he had one excuse after another as to why it wasn't complete (parts on back order etc...) I called one day and was told the same thing, my husband returned from out of town the next day and called - the owner got belligerent with my husband, a very unprofessional and uncalled for thing to do. He had our camera for more than 3 months, so you can understand why we would be upset. After screaming at my husband on the phone, my husband decided to pay him a visit at his place of business to find out exactly what was going on. Nothing occurred mind you but because my husband physically went in there the man felt threatened and called the police. The officer came out and took our statement and we thought that was the end of it. About a year later my husband (being a truck driver) got pulled over and it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant - so of course he was arrested but they refused to tell him why. Come to find out it was due to the repair guys accusation. We were told at that time that they (the court) does not need to inform you of warrants. My husband was eventually charged with 'yelling in a building' and fined $100. The repair man was so angry that the $100 did not go to him - he was yelling at the Prosecutor. To see that was almost worth the $100.

      I had to sue the repair man to get my camera back but that is an entirely different story!

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      Rebecca Mikulin 3 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      No kidding -- an update is desperately needed. Recently, my husband turned in job applications all over town, but kept getting turned down...even at Wal-Mart. All they would say is that he wasn't hirable, but gave us no other details. It wasn't until a couple months later that we discovered he had a bench warrant and THAT was why he couldn't get a job. Had we known about it, we'd have tried to fix the problem long before then. Granted, it's a money-related thing, but since he's unemployed they lifted the bench warrant for $20 a month.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Yeah, that certainly does happen!! I was told by one court "We do not have to inform you of a bench warrant"... I asked "Well then, how the heck do people know if they are in trouble???" The system needs to be updated for sure!

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      Stefanie Nicgorski 3 years ago

      Hi, I have a bench warrant, for missing my court date that was just On June 25th, 2014, The thing is I moved, and no longer live at my parents house, but my parents never ever received any court date paper for me to go, otherwise I would have gone, its my last thing to deal with, and its something im just going to get probation for, I've never ever missed a court date ever, I got a letter though well my parents did saying I have a bench warrant and that it can be resolved, But if I don't go fix it then ill have to pay my unsecure bail which is 15,000 dollars which luckily I have, but I am calling in the Am, tomorrow, and explain to them that I never got anything, and showing them proof that I don't live at my parents anymore, and showing them my mail from my new address where I live with my fiancé now, It was for a pre trial, and like I said it was something that happened last year and I been going to court off and on for over a year now, and never missed and I wouldn't of missed if I would have gotten the damn court paper, I would have gone, so I am going to call and explain to them what happened, and just go over and get it cleared and taken care of, It said I won't have to pay the unsecured bail as long as I go and basically fix it, which I am, I am not a person to let anything like that go, Bench warrants aren't the worse things ever, and a lot of ppl miss court dates because A, they never got their mail for it, happens a lot, or B. Because they couldn't make it for whatever reason, but mine was because I never received it, my parents would have given it to me and told me way before hand. My fiancé so ill be fine, were calling right away in the Am, Then going over to clear it up, I live in PA, and its Montgomery county, Ill be alright just mad that I never got it in the mail, and who knows one of my moms neighbors might have gotten it and never said anything, because that has happened in the past before, so yeah, But Im dealing with it in the Am tomorrow, Its not like anything horrible, it was a missed court date, they will probably just clear the bench warrant and give me another court date their and then, or they will take down my new address which ill give it to them to make sure it freaken gets to me, but still its happen to many ppl so, A bench warrant once again isn't the worse thing, and I have never been in jail, and I don't have a horrible record, and this is my last thing to deal with, and that's it, I have really straighten out my life a lot for the better, and am never looking back, and my judge who has been dealing with me the one from Montgomery county is very nice and knows that im doing good, I just felt like venting just irrated, because I wish I would have gotten it in the mail and then my court thing would have been done and over with, and I could have had my probation start, now its prob not going to be until next month GURRR!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      The warrant could remain in place until the money owed is paid. They may not accept a payment plan unless you can give them a valid reason as to why it wasn't paid and you may have to show documentation. You have to remember when dealing with the courts, they've heard it all, they've heard every excuse under the sun.

      Best of Luck!

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