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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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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting hub. I'm curious if you've experienced this on a personal level?

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      As embarrassing and as much as I am ashamed to admit it. Yes. In the last week. My husband was arrested on Sat. night, we got pulled over because of a broken headlight. You must imagine our surprise when we were told he had a warrant, a mistake on the part of the courts. They're saying that my husband is my sons father (we have a birth certificate to prove otherwise, not on us of course). Because of the times the courts are splitting the bills (whether you are married to the father or not) and sending separate bills, to ANY address they feel like. Yes, currently I have a warrant, I am trying to take care of it. I am not leaving my house until my opportunity to see the Judge. By then, I only hope it will be taken care of.

      There is much more to the story of course,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Can one assume from your story that for no particular reason or a mistake by an inefficient court you can be arrested, placed in custody with your picture, finger prints and now presumably your DNA placed on record and generally treated like a criminal and this is classed in the USA as justice ?

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      You are ABSOLUTELY correct Merlin, this can and does happen in the good ole US of A. Not only that, but should there by chance be some sort of mistake or even so much as false accusations, this record of your arrest will remain with you the rest of your life. There is no way to remove it, EVER.

      Because I have never been in an trouble or ever had a warrant (until now for non-payment of a bill from 1996 that I was not aware of) the court clerk is attempting to get it taken care of without me having to 'turn myself in', be fingerprinted or arrested in anyway.

      The only 'stupid' thing that was said to me, when I said I never received a bill or had knowledge of it because I haven't lived at the address they were sending it to for almost 10 years was this; "Why didn't you notify the Court you moved?" I don't know about you, but I don't go notifying any court system (that I have no involvement with) when I move... What would I supposedly say? "Excuse me, but I'm going to move and I wanted to let you know just in case some day in the distant future you need to contact me."???

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me vent!! LOL

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      The Home of the Free !

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      Megavitamin 6 years ago

      Wow, sounds like you are dealing with an annoying situation! I hope it all works out for you. This hub is full of really useful information. Thanks for turning your not-so fun situation into an educational hub for everyone else!

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      Loveslove 6 years ago from England

      Dont think i will be moveing to your part of the world in a hurry !! ...I will just stay in GB .

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Merlin - GO USA!! Well as opposed to some of the other Countries I could be living in, I's still have to say I like home best.

      @ Megavitamin - Yes it is annoying and frustrating, but the upside? I get to write about it!! Try to turn a frown upside down... Ok, that is even too perky for me...

      @ Loveslove - LOL, maybe one day I will get on a boat and come for a visit!!

      Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for sharing this information and wishing you the best is getting through your sticky situation.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I hope to be able to help others avoid those handcuffs if at all possible!! I know I certainly don't want to wear them. It's still not over, my appointment to have coffee and a chit-chat with the Judge isn't until Monday. So I'm sure he isn't going to want coffee or chit-chat, but it's worth a thought.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Johnny 6 years ago

      Maybe someone can help. I was first time offender 4 yrs ago. Got a yr but all was suspended but 30 days. I got alternative sentencing(work crew). I failed to complete and was told I had to serve the remaining 21 days in jail. I was given a document and told to turn myself in the following week and that if I misplaced it not to worry. The document was just to get me booked quicker. I turned myself into booking without the document and they wouldn't take me in because I didn't have a warrant. I went in the next morning to get another document but the lady wasn't working that day. Tried again the next day and again she wasn't working. I suffer from anxiety and get really bad panic attacks. It took so much out of me everyone of them days. I have a bench warrant now and want to turn myself in so I can get this done and can move on. I feel as I have been in prison for the last four years when it could have all been done with just 21 days served and now i don't know what kind of trouble I am in. I just got financial aid for college and have to be there the 17th of December to register for classes and start Jan 3rd. I need to get this taking care of so I can move on with my life and quit stressing about it. If I am put in jail I will loose my financial aid for the semester. Depending on how much time I get I will not be able to start school for at least 3 months.

      My question is how pissed will the judge and the court be at me. Any chance the judge will show mercy since I did report to jail the day I was suppose to? Also for me attending college and bettering myself. I know I will more then likely have to serve the time I was suppose to but how much time do you think will be added? My hope is that the judge will see that I am going to college and give me another chance at work crew or give me intermittent incarceration so that I am out on the week days so I can attend class. Will the punishment be any worse that the warrant is four yrs old compared to if it was a week? Any chance they will take back the suspended

      part and give me my year back. Take in mind that are jails here in washington state are over crowded. Please help!!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Johnny - This is what I would do if I were in your situation. Find the name of the Judge in your area, (in some courthouses there are a lot) give him/her a call on the phone. Explain to him what you have attempted to do in trying to turn yourself in. Tell him what you are trying to do with your life and that you REALLY would love to get this situation straightened out. Ask him what you can do. Ask if there is an alternative to doing your time in jail. If not then is it possible to do 'weekend' jail, so that you can continue to go to school to better yourself.

      I would not think that the time would make a difference four years compared to 1 week. He will just think you have been either very lucky or careful. There might still be a record of you showing up to do your jail time, so I do not think the Judge will be angry, nor do I think he will give you more time.

      Your best bet is to make that phone call. It's a place to start.

      Best of Luck to you. Let me know how it turns out!

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      Johnny 6 years ago

      Sorry I reposted it. Thanks so much for that. I have been trying to get any advice I can. As far as judges, yes there are a lot here at my local court. So just pick any one of them? Any idea when a good time would be to call? I am sure they are busy in the morning with cases. I have never called a judge before. Makes me nervous. I hope I don't get tongue tied. It would be so much easier in a email but I assume he would prefer voice to voice. I called the jail and they told me I had to turn myself in of course but in my situation can you instead go into court before it starts and try and see the judge instead. I'd rather much do it that way then have to be booked in and have to see him cuffed and in a jump suit. I know I will have to tell a bailiff that I want to speak to the judge and I suppose get on the docket. I'm sure they will ask for my name and know i have a warrant. I just don't know if they will arrest me on the spot, which I don't mind but I would hope to be able to stay there and wait to see the judge and not taken straight to jail. I guess I can just ask a judge this when I call. Only thing is one judge might tell me something different then the judge I see. Or the judge could say what I want to hear just to get me in there. I feel like some low down criminal when I am far from it. I am just sick of this already. I would just hate for this to ruin college right now. I appreciate all your advice! I wish it would work to were I could get what he tells me in writing so they don't go back on it. :) I know I am dreaming.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      No problem.. Start with the 'type' of Judge.. obviously not probate... I'm not sure what type of 'crime' it was. And if you can get on the docket, you will get your chance to talk to the Judge before anything happens. They aren't cruel people, they want stuff ended too. Try not to be nervous, remember they are people too, they put their pants on one leg at a time just like you.

      Yes, they will know you have a warrant. But they won't just 'tell you anything' to get you in there. They will tell you the truth. Make sure you get the name of the Judge you are speaking to (take notes during the phone call), that way when you do get your opportunity to see the Judge you can refer to your notes.

      Morning is the best time to call, between 8 and 8:30 because they usually don't start Court until 9 or 9:30. Even thought your appointment time will be 8:30 the Judge usually looks over the cases before he sees his first case. That way he knows what is going on.

      Hope this helps to calm you a bit!

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      Johnny 6 years ago

      i am sure it will be a superior court judge. It was a felony for theft that I plead guilty to it for a lesser charge of misdemeanor. The judge was actually amazed that I had a clean record even as a juvenile the first time I seen him when this all started. Asked why after all them years I decided to do something stupid now. Yeah I know the judge is a person, but that person has the power to lock you up :), which I can't afford. I just want this done. I have been a basket case ever since. I don't drive anywhere because I don't want to take the chance of getting pulled over. I know it looks better on you if you turn yourself in. It's just the hardest thing to do. Your basically saying here take my freedom away for however long you feel is just and within the law. I know a lot of people who don't mind jail at all. I on the other hand like my freedom. I know I should of taken care of it before I began the process of enrolling in college but I didn't. I figured the judge would see that I am trying to better myself and not willing to take that away from me. I feel if he did that would be cold hearted. I missed last semester so I had to wait 3 months for winter. Now if If I am incarcerated on the 17th I will at least have to wait until April to start and loose out on this semesters financial aid. I just hope that when I talk to a judge he will put me on his docket that way I see the same judge and not a different one. I actually had a dream last night that I met up with a judge in some lot and we talked at his car. Thing is he told me he had forgotten my case file. I am so consumed with this I am now having dreams over it. In my head I am thinking that I should pick out a female judge and she might be nicer to me but then again who knows.

      I thank you again for the advice and taking the time. I just didn't know where to turn to for advice form that didn't charge me money such as an attorney. Though I think it would be good if I had an attorney come with me to court.

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      Chance 6 years ago

      Here's my glitch. I live in Chicago. I have a warrant in another state. If I go to a PD in Chicago to get a copy of my police record, what are the odds of them taking me in on the warrant?

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      The chances are darned good they will arrest you on the spot, they have to, it is their job. Depending on the charge, that is. Then they will transport you to the state you need to be in. This may or may not be charged to you. Your best bet is to call the County in which you were charged. Attempt to get it resolved over the phone. If you make your best attempt to get it taken care of, the Courts MAY have mercy on you. Particularly if you are working in your current State.

      Doing it this way is much better than doing nothing, then when your on your way to do something important and getting hauled off to the 'big house' for a broken tail light!

      Best of Luck to you! Let me know how it goes!!

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      electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

      You sound experienced. I am surprised you have to pay for staying in jail after you get a bondsman to post your bond? This is a shocker. Can a person refuse to pay it?

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Well, I've only had a warrant once, because I made the proper phone calls, I never even had to appear in court. It was for an unpaid bill (owed to the courts from something in 1996 with my son). When you have your stay in jail, yes they can and do charge you. You are taking chances if you don't pay it. It more than likely will be reported to the credit bureau. It is called a booking fee. Generally it is not more than $60 per night.

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      Shane 5 years ago

      This article was very helpful, I had no idea about the number of options available once you have a bench warrant. I once had a bench warrant and it was over an unpaid parking ticket. Originally I had planned on fighting it because I got the ticket outside of my own house - but I missed the court date and my only choice was to go to court clerk and admit that I had a bench warrant and I said I wanted to pay it.

      I will never let that happen again. My $20 parking ticket turned into $200 after paying all the other fees. Plus I was afraid that they would arrest me the second I walked through the door.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      The courts understand that from time to time people forget, dates get misplaced and time just passes by. If your willing to try and work things out, the courts usually are willing to help you do so. They want to clean it off their books too!

      I'm so glad you found this helpful!!

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      Tayinmontana 5 years ago

      Thank you for such an informative article!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      You are most welcome, I hope it helped!

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      jaki 5 years ago

      I had a ticket for assault and battery by the police when this guy i played in basketball. He told to the officer that i hit him in the face. The officer questioned me and my answer is " I didn't do it". What would i do if the ticket said, i have to go to nearest police station for informal booking required. Please help! This is my first time to be charged and i don't know what to do!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I believe an 'informal booking' is where you would go, be fingerprinted, have your picture taken then a court date will be set. More than likely there will be no bond/bail for this matter. It all depends on your County/State that you live in.

      This doesn't sound too bad. You will then have your day in court, the first (again depending on your County) will be where the Judge asks you what you plead. Since you said you did not hit him, that will be 'Not Guilty'. The next time you go to court you may speak to a prosecutor who will either try to get you to plead guilty or a plea of 'no contest' to a lesser charge.

      If you have a witness or witnesses you may decide to bring them at this time, just so the Prosecutor knows where you stand. After your meeting with the Prosecutor you will then go in front of the Judge. If you have witnesses they will be allowed in the Courtroom. When your name is called only you will walk toward the microphone, you witnesses will remain seated. The Judge after hearing what the prosecutor says may decide to hear what you have to say and listen to your witnesses. Depending on your County they may decided not to hear it that day and you will have to go back again. Each County is different in their proceedings.

      Also remember the 'Burden of Proof' is on the Prosecution. If you didn't do it and you do not want this on your record, you must fight it in court.

      Here is what I want you to keep in mind. When you go before a Judge you must show him/her RESPECT, they have earned it. No hats are allowed in the Courtroom. Wear proper fitting clothes, make sure you are groomed properly. This is a place of decorum and formality. You must treat is as such. Proper language is a must, no swearing or use of slang. When asked a question a "Yes Sir or No Sir" should be used. It will go a long way if the Judge sees that you know how to behave properly.

      Best of Luck to you!! Let me know how it goes!!

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      danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Very good hub. I would add that you should contact a criminal defense lawyer. If you find out that you have a warrant. If you suspect that you have a warrant a good place to start is with a local bail bond company. Most of them will gladly help you find out if you have a warrant because they want to get your business if you do have a warrant.

      As a defense attorney, I have phone numbers that are back-line numbers that I use to check for warrants. However most people do not have those numbers. Frequently, people try to call the courthouse to find out if they have a warrant and they get the run around instead of information they need.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent idea!! Mine was a low amount owed, probably cost more in paperwork that the actual money. It's pretty cool that you have numbers to call!!

      Thanks so much for your input!

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      billbixby 5 years ago

      why would they arrest you when you try and renew your drivers license

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Generally, State wide offices have computerized information. If there is a warrant for your arrest it will show when your drivers licence number is pulled up on the screen. You may get a nice person who gently inform you of the warrant, or you may get the person who asks you to have a seat while they make that phone call to inform authorities.

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      john p. 5 years ago

      I renewed my drivers license in march 2011 with no problems. Then in May, I got pulled over for having expired tags. They weren't really expired I just forgot to put the new one on. The officer took my license and went to check my record. When he came back he told me I had a bench warrant from 2004 and told me that I needed to get it cleared. He gave me my license back and let me go. I wonder why he didn't arrest me, was he in a good mood? I tough it was the officers duty to book me, right?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I have no idea why he didn't arrest you, but yes it is his duty to do so. You are lucky!

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      john p. 5 years ago

      Also, I've been pulled over other times and no one mentioned anything about the warrant. I have been to court for moving violations and nothing has come up in my record. I'm going to call the court house and see if I cam resolve this matter. I will keep you guys up to date.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      There are also mitigating circumstances as well. If you live in a highly populated area where the jails are full, your bench warrant is for a minor infraction, then the officer may do like he did and tell you to get it taken care of.

      Keep us posted on how it goes!!

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      What do you do if there is a Bench Warranr out on you?

      TURN YOURSELF IN!!!!

      Sorry I don't have time right now to read your entire Hub - but that jumped out at me.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      LOL - yes, well there is that!!

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      ??? 5 years ago

      Sweetsusieg-does the warrant stay on your record forever after you turn yourself in or does it eventually go away. If so, how long does it take for that to get off your record?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      As far as I can understand, any time you are arrested, regardless of whether the charges are dropped or not, the actual arrest stays on your record forever.

      But the warrant itself will be gone from your record. If you get a receipt it would be wise to keep that on your person for several months just in case the clerks are a bit slow at record keeping.

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      bearlove 5 years ago

      I found out i have a warrant for probation violation. the orriginal charge was for simple battery. what are my options and what should i do first?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well, more than likely you will need to turn yourself in at your local sheriffs office. You could first call your County Court house to make sure that it is more than just a fine. If it is be prepared to be 'booked' and maybe spend a little time until you can see the Judge. That is about the best that I can tell you at this time..

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      Ehnaira05 5 years ago from Charlotte, Florida

      Nice hub, very informative. Hope to see your new post soon.

      I have my hub to feel free to visit.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks - Glad you enjoyed it!!

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      Ayla 5 years ago

      My mom got a bench warrant sent out for her. She got it because the judge told her to have contact with someone and that person happened to write her a letter and my moms caseworker found the letter in her room. What can she do is there a way that she can get the bench warrant lifted so she doesn't have to go back to jail?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      What was the caseworker doing snooping in her room to begin with? Oh well none of my business. Now she has to deal with the bench warrant. She could plead her case with the Judge when she gets into court. Explain that the letter was sent to her, that's about the best I can say. It is all up to the Judge now. If she has followed all the rules with the exception of breaking this one and only one rule, he may have mercy.

      She still has to go before the Judge, she can call and explain to the clerk there is a bench warrant, that she needs to set up an appt. to come see the Judge, that is a given. There is no way of getting around that, but if she makes the first move the Judge will see that and believe me he will take that into consideration.

      Best of luck to you and your mom!!

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      ladyt 5 years ago

      I just receiced a letter saying i have a bench warrant in california but i amnow living in texas. Do i need to return to handle this?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Depending on the crime, you may be able to take care of it over the phone. More than likely if it's a monetary reason you can.

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      dana 5 years ago

      hi I got wrrant from the police with no charge ... does that means I have criminal record???

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm not exactly sure. In order for you to have a warrant there has to be a charge. You might want to call and ask what it is for, explain exactly to the sheriff's office or county clerk's office what the warrant says.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I just found out I have a warrant out for my arrest when the officer pulled my fiancée over, he didn't take me in though why? He set me a court date to speak to the judge what is possibly happen? This ticket is a year old.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      More than likely you were very nice and respectful. In some cases they get to use their own judgement on whether or not to take into custody, it all depends on the warrant and what it is for. For a non-violent offense they can do that. If it appears to be something that slipped the mind (such as an unpaid ticket) they will give you a fair warning so you can voluntarily have it taken care of with a gentle reminder. If say in another month you get pulled over and are run again, they will not be so nice.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Thanks for answering back. It's an unpaid traffic ticket. Im more scared of going to court its my fiesta time going to court infront of a judge I don't know what to say or do or even what the judge will do??

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Be as honest as possible with the Judge, you may go in front of a Magistrate instead of a Judge, that is fine, they are people too! If you feel better you can write a prepared statement, when it is your turn the Judge will ask you questions, if it make you a bit more comfortable to read it, you can do that as well. Judges do realize that not everyone if the world is a 'criminal'... More than likely he/she will ask what happened, why it didn't get paid etc. If you are honest in your answers (yes, they can tell!) you will (more than likely) receive more lenient treatment. Not to worry, You won't get life in prison for this offense!!

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Thank you. I'm more worried about being arrested since I have a newborn plus my bail amout being 5000 dollars!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      $5000 for an unpaid traffic ticket? WOW.. I guess the first thing I would do is start making phone calls, to see if you can resolve it over the phone. Such as sending in payments etc. You can explain to them the reason you are calling rather than a walk in, is you have a newborn and hope to be able to resolve it this way. Hope this helps!!

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      Future 5 years ago

      Greetings Sweetsusieg, there was this ticket I got for an open container of four Loco that I never got drink, on the train around 2am on my way to the club a year ago. I missed the court day, but I wasn't sure if they would let something as small, harmless & petty as that go or not. I never had a warrant or any arrest before, none of that, & from what I've been told/ what I've been reading, I feel like I might as well killed somebody because the human judge is god and theres no way out this, unless I turn myself in & Im not doing that cause Im not a criminal. Is there any other choice that doesn't end with me going to jail???

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Please remember that I am not a lawyer or a Judge, but I can tell you that ignoring it will only make it worse. You might get by with a phone call, that is a good possibility. I can tell you that when talking to the people at the Court take your charges seriously, in the eyes of the law they are never petty charges. Using words like those you will not get much assistance from the court clerks. They can either be your best friend or your worst enemy, they are the first line of people you must cross through.

      The first thing you must do is call the county you got your ticket in, ask if there is a warrant. If they say yes, then ask them how it can be resolved, if at all possible, over the phone. They will assist you from there.

      Best of Luck to you!!

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      Jayven 5 years ago

      Hello nice hub. I have a bench warrant for driving while susspended and possesion and have and have family court tomorrow can I go to clerk of courts and take care of it or will they arrest me in court? Thanks very good advice you should consider lAW SCHOOL

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Depending on how nice you are to the clerks they may help you take care of it while you are there. It doesn't sound like a serious charge. Personally because I have never been in handcuffs (and never want to!) I would make a phone call rather than show up in person, I do not know what they are obligated to do.

      Law School? LOL Nah... Knowing me I'd take all pro-bono cases and never make a dime, leaving me a bazillion dollars in school loans!! But Thank you!!

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      matthew 5 years ago

      Ok so if i miss,a court date for false reporting wat would mosrlikely happen?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I am not sure at all what would happen, one would need to call the court and find out.

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      gdrs09 5 years ago

      I have an active failure to appear warrant in Miami, Fl. issued in 1999 for a misdemeanor battery (silly fight over someone cutting in front of me). I moved to New York in 2000, and now live in Europe(7 years). I visit the Northeast U.S. twice a year and I'm usually stopped for an extra security check and released in 15 minutes. Is this a problem that can be solved over the phone? Do I appear in person or hire an attorney? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I would first try to call myself, with the explanation that you're out of the Country. The fact that you are trying to get it fixed when you don't HAVE to (out of the Country, they most likely would NOT extradite you for an offense such as this) would go a long way with the courts. They may require a letter from you (email is now considered the same as snail mail) which is fine, they may not. It also might be beyond the statute of limitations as well. They may just ask that you pay a fine. Start with a phone call, if that won't work then you may have to hire an Attorney. I hope this helps!!

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      gdrs09 5 years ago

      It does, thank you.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      You are most welcome, glad that I could be of service!!

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      Sekhemut Sat Hotep 5 years ago

      If A Person Has A Bench Warrant But Can't Physically Appear In Court Bcuz They Are In The Hospital...Can They Snd A Family Member On Their Behalf??

      Or Are The Courts Not Gonna Wanna See The Family Member Bcuz Itz A Body Warrant And They Want To See The Person Who Was Issued The Warrant??

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      If you are physically in the hospital, you can call from the hospital to the court clerks. They will postpone your court date until you can appear. It most likely will do no good to send a family member.

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      Shishkajob 5 years ago

      Hi, I have unpaid tickets from years ago that I want to get resolved. How do I do this and avoid jail?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      How many years ago? And are those tickets in the state you reside?

      For most folks they can go to their local DMV (in Some states Secretary of State) find out if there are unpaid tickets. If there are tickets the county in which the tickets were written will come up. Then you can pay those tickets at the county clerks office. If it's too far away, you can give them a call, ask for a 'case' number. You'll want this anyway so when you send in your check or money order you can write in the memo section which 'case' it is for, just an extra precaution so your money goes to your ticket! Clerks are busy humans and mistakes can be made.

      If your license was suspended because of unpaid tickets you may also owe a fee to the DMV. In my State its called a 'driver responsibility fee'. There will be a process that goes something like this;

      You go to the DMV find out you have tickets, you pay those tickets at the court house, with receipt in hand you go back to the DMV, show them the receipt, then pay their fees. Then you may be permitted to get your license back.

      It's a pain in the butt, but it's just the way things are done.

      I hope this helps you!!

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      Justin Parter 5 years ago

      Hi, Sweetsusieg.

      I'm an 18 year from Idaho, where I currently am and I have a question since you've seemed to be helping a lot of people.

      In May 2011, I attempted to steal a pair of Apple Ear Buds from a Walmart, aprox. 32$ in value, and got sentenced to 36 hours of community service, and a 30$ court fine, and that if I completed the above said community service, I would have the Petty misdemeanor deferred. (I know that I got lucky on the sentencing. :/ )

      I was unable to complete the community service due to work, and living with a near fascist Biological father, by the deadline set for Sept. 27th 2011.

      I tried to complete it after I moved out, in October, but my probation officer said it wouldn't make a difference.

      Because I didn't complete my community service by the deadline, and I couldn't afford the fine, she couldn't transfer the probation of 6 months to Idaho. Even if I had paid the fee and completed the said hours.

      She told me I had to stay in Hawaii until the court date, but because I had been kicked out of my home, I was homeless, and I had already bought a plane ticket to Idaho, which I went ahead and flew anyways, seeing as I had a place to stay.

      I'm a smart kid, with a couple mistakes, and I've definitely learned from this, and I worried that this "Bench Warrant" that will/was issued for my not showing up in court, will haunt me forever.

      I contacted an attorney here in Idaho, but they informed me that I have to have an attorney in Hawaii.

      I know that if I get taken in when I apply for a drivers license or make contact with the police, I will be arrested, and I most likely will not be extradited, seeing as it is a minor offense, and I highly doubt I'm worth that much to them.

      Because of that I've been told I could spend a LONG time in jail waiting for Hawaii to decide whether they want me, somewhere around 8 months.

      Can you give me any advice?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Oh boy, well since you've already contacted an Attorney and their advice is to contact an Attorney in Hawaii I would think that would be the best advice. You may have to give them permission to act on your behalf.

      I am sure that yes, you might spend a long time in jail waiting to hear if Hawaii wants you or not, only to find out they don't.

      For now the best thing you can do is get an Attorney in Hawaii to help you out.

      I hope it all work out well for you!!

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      Justin Parter 5 years ago

      Thanks for your help! :)

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      You are welcome!!

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      s.dizzle 5 years ago

      thanks for the info.i have a quest. though.apparently i missed a court date.i got a letter in the mail from my public defender stating that i have a benchwarrant for my arrest.i called the city police station that the warrant is from and they told me they can not find anything in their computers saying i have a bench warrant.i also called my city police station but unfortunatly they said i have to come in with my i.d.but then the officer on the phone asks "why?,do you think you have a warrant?"its the weekend so obviously i can not call the city clerk.what do you think.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well since it is Sunday night I would wait until the morning and call the County Clerks office. Generally they seem to have bit more information than the City. You also can call the County Sheriff's office they will run a check for you as well. Once it has gotten to the warrant stage it is usually handed over to the County (Don't quote me, I could be wrong but that might be what has happened).

      I would try the County Clerks office first, try to reschedule your Court appt. specifically ask if there is a warrant. If they allow you to reschedule they will also quash (put a stop to it) the warrant.

      Best of luck to you!!

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      Tori 5 years ago

      I was wondering if you could help me. I got a speeding ticket last May and had a court date in November for it. I wasn't able to make it so I asked for a continuance on it. It was granted but not before the judge issued a bench warrant for me. I tried to call and make arrangements to pay the ticket but the clerk said she couldn't because there was a warrant. Even she seemed confused as to why to case got continued but the warrant was there. She told me I HAVE to come in to court to see the judge. Does this sound right?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Actually yes, that might be the way they do things in your County. It doesn't mean you are going to go to jail. It means the Judge wants to talk to you in person. Generally the Judge will put a halt to the warrant right then and there after you have had your appointment with him/her. They won't do it before because you could possibly just skip out again on it (not saying that you would!!) Be prepared to hand over some, if not all monies that are owed!! The Judge may have you 'turn yourself in' at the Sheriff's office where you are booked etc.. Then allow you to bond yourself out.

      But to answer your question, yes it is possible that they do it this way.

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      sas 5 years ago

      a month ago i was pulled over for a missing middle break light,i was given a ticket for maintenance of lights for 54$ howwever i did not pay it so it went up to 65$ i still didn't pay it because i had plenty of other tickets i had to pay before that one. now 45 days later i received a letter stating there is a warrant for my arrest and to turn myself in. i called the court and they said i could post bail and fight the ticket or i could just pay the 89$ but i have to come into court and pay it i cannot pay online. will they lock me up when i go to pay this ticket?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      More than likely no, they will not lock you up. they have bigger fish to fry other than unpaid tickets. If you pay the ticket the warrant will go away. Just make sure you keep your receipt showing it has been paid.

      When you have unpaid tickets it automatically generates a warrant. It just assures the Court that one day, you will pay the ticket. The longer you wait to pay it the higher it will get. Each year they assess fees on the top of the ticket.

      I hope this helps!!

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      serenitykittie 5 years ago

      Wondering if anyone would have some advice for me. I need to know who I can call in a specific county that would send me a written verification saying "I don't not have a warrant in such county".

      I did have a warrant for unpaid speeding ticket..I just lost my job and went to the assistance office so I could put myself and kids on medical...while i was there the caseworker said that she cannot give me anything until I take care of the warrant...SOOO...thats what I did..I paid them in full so I don't have to worry about it anymore..

      Well I have the receipt that it's paid and I don't owe anything...and I take that to the assistance office caseworker...she needs "written verifcation that I do not have a warrant in such county"...the reciept from the court that says it's paid in full is not good enough...

      ok, so I call the magistrates office and the lady says that she cannot fax or mail anything like that to me..not sure why, but she can't or she won't...either way, I still need it...

      SOO..is there any other official place that I could call or stop in to, that may be able to give me the written verification that I need??

      would a police station do it?? maybe clerk of courts??? I'm on a 30 day timelimit for this..and I'm probably already on day 20 or so..

      THANKS IN ADVANCE

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      This is probably a redundant question but did you explain to the Court Clerk why you needed it? Also did you speak to the case workers Supervisor? Sometimes as hard as it is to say they don't use the brains God gave them. Your receipt should be good enough but you may get that one worker who can't read....

      Yes, you also can call your County Sheriff's office and ask them to 'run' you for warrants. Explain to them what it is that you need. It may cost you $10 or a small fee. They also may have an online website to get this information that is why I say call rather than drive there.

      Hope this helps!!

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      eastcoast 5 years ago

      My husband lives with me in Virginia and his home state is Washington. He found out there is a bench warrant there from ten years ago. It was found to be from supposedly not doing his "community service". He did fulfill that obligation and had eventually moved out of the state. It is to my understanding that all was said and done and he fulfilled all his obligations. I think they set him up for a court day to go over everything to "release" the case. He has been trying to call the prosecuter's office with no such luck to get this resolved. He wants to get this behind him cause he is trying to get his license here to be a massage therapist since he just became certified a few years ago. I had suggested to him to call the judge and see if it can be resolved hopefully over the phone? I feel this would be more favorable seeing that it was ten years ago and he has gotten on with his life by education and settling down and having a family. Am I correct in all this? Thank you for your help. He's sooooo worried that they will be merciless and wreck havoc on his life now that he has a good life ahead of him.

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      eastcoast 5 years ago

      I should have proof read my comment/question. He got certified a FEW months ago not years, lol. And I felt I wasn't clear when I said, "court date". I'm assuming a court date was given to him ten years ago but he had moved and wasn't aware of it. Sorry about that.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      More than likely the Prosecutor will send you to the Clerks office, so I would start there. You should be able to resolve it over the phone I am sure. If necessary they may decide he needs to do community service right in your home town. I am sure he probably doesn't still have the paperwork showing it is completed, if he does then that could be faxed to the County Clerk.

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      eastcoast 5 years ago

      Thank you for your reassurance. I've got my fingers crossed. I told him that I inquired about this and I asked more on the situation. He had a public defender (pretender)that told him everything is fine and he didn't have to worry about anything since he satisfied all his requirements. I'm hoping that all can be resolved over the phone. I will let you know what develops. We all could use knowledge on each others experiences! And no, he doesn't have any paperwork showing it was completed. I personally have learned from experience to get as much info as possible and get confirmation in a number of ways. I told him after everything is said and done to get paperwork stating just that!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      oh absolutely!! Make sure after he is 'released' from the Courts that he keeps the paperwork on his person for at least 6 months. Just folded up and tucked into his wallet for that 'just in case' time. Sometimes paperwork doesn't get filed properly.

      Please do keep me up to date on what happens!! Best of Luck to you both!!

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      Brian 5 years ago

      Does that also mean that you can't go get your car tag renewed without it coming up?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      No that's not necessarily true - I would think it would depend on the computer system that your State has. For instance, I know that here in Michigan the Michigan State police, Secretary of State and some insurance companies are all connected. So when you get pulled over by the Michigan State police they know whether or not you have insurance.

      As far as the DMV or Secretary of State having that full computer connection yet, I cannot be positive. I don't imagine that it will be too long before that is a reality though.

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      Jose palacios 5 years ago

      I think I'm in big trouble I got pulled over yesterday the police ran my plates and they said I had a warrant for driving with out a license to my luck they did not impound my car or take me to jail.but told me I had to take care of it call the court to make some kind of arrangement...

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Yep - you got a pass. Use it wisely! Make that phone call and get it resolved. The officer may not be so lenient the next time. That means your license was suspended for some reason or another, if it was an unpaid ticket, make arrangements to get it paid. The courts will probably work with you.

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      Britni 5 years ago

      Hi, I hope you can help me with this. You've seemed to give out awesome advice. This morning I got a note on my apartment door and it was from a county Sherrif officer and it had my name on it and it said "I have a legal writ for you". What does this mean? Am I going to jail? I just found out about 3 days ago also that I had a warrant for "not appearing- citation-misdemeanor". I am so scared, I had no idea. And I want to turn myself in because I want to fix all of this. I work full time and I've never been in trouble with the law besides now. What should I do? Please help. Thank you!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Is there a 'plaintiff' name on the writ?

      A 'writ' is a judicial order, meaning that someone went to court already, you were invited to attend - but may not have gotten the invitation. It could be for a bill that was made in your name, the person 'owed' the money took you to court, as I said you may not have received the invitation so they went ahead without you. You lost, as it was designed for you to do so. Most of the time those papers get lost in the mail and when you don't show up to court the Judge rules in the favor of the one bringing it to court. Look a the paper work to see if you have an 'appeal' time.

      I would call the Court about the citation for not appearing to see what needs to be done. The Clerk can help you with this. Remember when calling be as nice as possible to them, they can get you the help you need.

      Best of Luck to you!!

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      Tdud 5 years ago

      I see you know quite a bit and was wondering of u could help me, today I had a warrant finally put out for me been waiting for this since january, I violated my probation and have 45 days suspended and I'm gonna turn myself un Monday night so hopefully I see the jugde Tuesday. I don't know if she'll make me serve my 45 days or if he will give me a bond but I have been peeing clean since I posses dirty once, and my Lil boys first birthday is next Sunday and hoppy she doesn't sentence me my 45 days, could u give me some advice please?!

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I'm wondering your thoughts on my situation....I have court on Tuesday in 1 county, for a breached order of protection. I was ill and away for a bit, and my landlord gave me old mail he had picked up for me and there was a letter saying that if i ddin't pay fines i had for a DUI last year by jan 24th a bench warrant would be issued. Can that bench warrant come up in court on tuesday even though its from another county? and if so, does that mean they'll arrest me on the spot and ill have to wait till the other county, which is 4 hours away comes to get me and bring me up there? Can i attempt to pay it or call the clerk monday to explain what happened, that i had lost my job, moved, and wasn't aware of the final due date b/c i wasn't given my mail on time? I've been losing my mind with fear over this. I'm a good person, even the dui was a terrible 1st time ever mistake, and even what i'm going to court over is really silly (my ex got retaliatory and spiteful towards me). I don't know what to do, I have only 1 business day before court, i have a public defender, should I tell her about this, when i last spoke to her, i didn't know about this warrant or due date so i told her i didn't have anything else negative going on, but now i'm scared to heck come tuesday morning! thanks for your thoughts!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Tdud - I am not sure in your case what will happen since it involves probation and such. I guess the best thing you can do is be as honest as possible with the Judge and see what happens. Most of the time (I have seen) Judges will not put you in jail for a first time probation violation, I think it all depends on the crowding in the jail. I wish you the best of luck and hope it all turns out well for you.

      @ Sarah - I do not think your warrant from another County will come up, usually they don't do a 'search' before Court. I would advise you to tell your Atty though, that was if need be he/she can address it if it comes up. You can always call the Clerk, explain what happened and see what they advise. They may set you up with a future Court date right then (keep in mind they will want your current address!!). It sounds to me like all that the other County wants are fines, if that is the case then they should work with you. But you must call and talk to them. Try not to be scared, I know that is a hard thing to do though!!

      I hope it all works out for you!!

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      Tina Peck 5 years ago

      My husband got A LOT of fines from a DOT cop in New York state (we live in Pennsylvania.) Apparently the laws had recently changed and we didn't know, anyway... if he doesn't pay the fines and gets a bench warrant will he be OK if he just stays out of New York or can PA police access the information about the warrant if he is pulled over or gets arrested for something else? I was reading over all of these comments and it made sense but I just want to make double sure. The renewing the drivers license thing kinda has me scared. These fines are 1000's of dollars and if all we have to do is not go to New York again I'm all for not paying them.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Tina - I honestly don't know that answer to that question. The Courts are strapped for money due them and they are going to extreme lengths to get it. I have heard that in Michigan they are bringing back 'debtors prisons', meaning when you owe money and can't pay, they put you in jail. This began in 2004, when the economy in Michigan began the downward spiral.

      I guess what I would do is start saving money 'just in case'. Just tuck some away in a savings account every week...

      That's the best answer I can give right now. I'm sorry. I will try to get with my lawyer friend from NY to ask her the law regarding bench warrants (not to worry, she's a defense atty!!)

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      Tina Peck 5 years ago

      That would be GREAT if you ask her! Thank you so much. That's crazy about 'debtors prison' In this day and age I wouldn't put it past them though.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I hope to be able to speak with her tonight, she is a very busy lady so we usually only get to talk on the weekends. Yes, the debtors prison was created AGAIN in 2004 by former Justice Maura Corrigan in an attempt to get Michigan in the black again. But to me it reminds taking from one pocket and putting it into the other, in other words makes no sense. If there is no money to be earned here, how can one possibly pay?

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      Tina Peck 5 years ago

      I understand what you are saying, but most of the time it only matters whose pocket the money ends up in last. Thank you so much for your help.

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      Bradj 5 years ago

      I just turned 18 and I have a bench warrant for not showing up becuse I was 17 at the time and didn't want to go to a detinion center it is a juvenile charge so wut should I do?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I would start by making some phone calls. I'm not sure what your juvenile charges were but the courts still take them seriously.

      You truly don't want this hanging around your head for years. Nobody wants to do jail time but sometimes that is all the courts will accept. It's easier to do that now than 10 years from now when your out of college or have a GREAT job that you can't afford to lose. Maybe you'll have begun a family by then and how would your kids feel to have you spend some time in jail?

      Bite the bullet, make some phone calls and get it over with. The short time will be much easier now than in the future.

      Best of Luck to you!! After you make those phone calls let me know how it went!!

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      kristina 5 years ago

      hi so i just turned 18 and was living in washington and got caught stealing something on mothersday i am now 20 and am living in las vegas and went to apply for a job under the impression that my mother had taken care of it for me and that theres was nothing on my record. apparently she pocketed the money and now there is a bench warrant for my arrest that pops up on employment backround checks. i was just wondering the least painful way to make this just go away and what does no contest mean on a backround check...does it have anything to do with the bench warrant and is it changeable?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well this is not going to make you happy.

      When doing a background check any time you are 17 or older if you have committed a crime such as 'retail fraud' it will show up. A young girl I know had this happen to her and she is pretty much prohibited from working at any place that could possibly offer her advancement such as Kmart, Walmart etc... Even though it was not a Felony it is still looked down upon.

      Any time you plead 'no contest' it means you neither admit or dispute any charges.

      You need to call the County in which you were charged. It is a non jail-able offense so you may be able to handle it over the phone.

      You are going to have to ask for a 'case or docket' number (this can be answered by giving your name and birth date, it also helps if you know the date of your arrest). When you send a money order or Cashiers check you will want to include that case number to the money is properly placed.

      Give the clerk the best explanation that you are aware of and how you found out that there was a bench warrant. They may be understanding and should be willing to help you. If it is a large amount they might be willing to let you make payments. But when you call be prepared to offer a date that you can make that first payment.

      Best of Luck to You!! Let me know how it goes!!

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      Madi 5 years ago

      Hi! This was so much help to me and reading the comments helped even more. I was put so much at ease knowing the cops aren't gonna come knocking on my door to take me to jail!

      I'm a 20 year old college student, and have never been in trouble with the law until just recently. Two months ago I was pulled over for not having lights above my back license plate of a car that I just bought. My boyfriend had marijuana on him in the car and when the officer ran my license it came up as suspended! It had been suspended previously, due to an unpaid ticket, but I'd paid the ticket and just gotten it reinstated. I was horrified. He let us go and told us that our court paperwork would come in the mail. We actually saw him park in a dark parking lot up the road watching us to see if I was gonna drive, but to be safe, we had a friend pick us up and he and my dad retrieved my car later.

      Here's where it gets stupid - my boyfriend's arraignment date was before mine, we got there and he got and extension date so he could screen for a public defender, cool. Then we misplaced my summons (that's the correct word, right?) but I was pretty sure I knew when the date was (Feb17,10:00am). Well, I found it around the afternoon on Feb16 and it said I was supposed to appear THAT DAY at 8:45 in the morning! So I've been freaking out, knowing that there'd be a warrant for my arrest, and expecting the cops to come any day for me. Plus I'm pretty sure that my boyfriend missed his next court date. Scratch that, definitely sure...

      However, since I absolutely don't want me or my boyfriend to go to jail, I've been doing research, and found out for sure on court records that there have been bench warrants issued for our arrest. The bail on mine is 1,000 and the bail on my boyfriend's is 2,000, I'm not really sure what that means? Can we pay that to not be arrested?

      Now I feel like I'm sounding stupid, but I don't know how any of this works and I just want it taken care of without having to go to jail, cuz I'm a good kid... just forgetful :/

      My question is... I found on the district court website "Warrant Information" that says defendants must appear in person at the division court house to sign up for the 10:00 am Tuesday walk-in calendar no later than 1:00 pm Monday. It also says that warrants cannot be taken care of over the phone. I'm guessing if we go there we sign up and the court sees us the next day, but I'm not entirely sure. Am I going to be arrested? Or will that take care of the warrant? Because I also really need to get my license reinstated (I took care of the ticket that was the issue) but I have to go to the DOL in person and I don't want to be arrested.

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      Madi 5 years ago

      One more thing. I'm in the process of applying for jobs since I recently quit the one I was at and was offered a really good position that pays really well, which is really what I need while I'm going to school, but they're running a background check before they employ me. I filled out the form on the 22nd of February and still haven't heard back. Will this warrant for failure to appear be on the background check? Will the charge of DWLS3 be? Can it stop me from getting this job?

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      GB 5 years ago

      I found your Hub very helpful. I have to complete Community Service by March 9th but will not make my completion date on time because I was actually in the hospital for almost a month with a bacterial infection. Now originally i was given an extension because due to the plea agreement with my Dui case I had to do 30 days of House arrest and when i tried to get the community service approved with Sentinel they would not approve it because only school and work (my actual job) were the only approved locations the courts allowed me to go. However, when they gave me that extension they told me it would be my only one and then i get this damn infection and it sidelines me for a month. I know I'm going to miss the March 9th date and a bench warrant will be issued but once I complete it should i just go to court anyway and submit my completion papers even though they will be late? My plan is to go to court as soon as my hours are done which will maybe be a week and a couple of days after the March 9th due date. Any advice you could recommend would be awesome. Thank you so much

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Madi - You need to start making phone calls. Call the County clerks office first. Explain that you missed your court date and 'would it be possible to schedule another one?' The 'bail' amount means if you get picked up by the police that is what it will cost you to get out of jail. By the sign that you 'wrote' I would be under the assumption that you sing in before 1 pm on Monday to get your appointment time. This may be common for that Courthouse and rather than chase everyone down they are attempting to work with people.

      As far as the background check for the job, yes it could appear on that. It is quite possible that it could hinder your getting the job, why? Because they won't want to hire you if you could get pulled over at anytime and go to jail therefore missing work.

      @ GB - DO NOT MISS YOUR appointment time!!! Even if you haven't completed your Community Service!!! You should have documentation that you were in the hospital, bring that on the 9th. Bring all documentation that you have, any community service papers (signatures that you have) with you to show that you were attempting to get it completed. If you have someone that you are working with for your Community Service, go to them get a schedule showing that you are scheduled to work. So you can show that your hours of service are being documented and planned ahead.

      Just missing your court date because you haven't completed the requirements may make the Judge think that you are only doing what you want to when you want to. Explaining at a later date may not help. Make that appointment!! Bring documentation!! Any an all paperwork (Copies are fine) needs to be turned in to the Judge. He will review it, it will show him the respect that even though you haven't been able to complete what was required of you, you still showed up to explain.

      Hope this helps!!!

      Best of Luck to both of you - let me know how it goes!!

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      Terry 5 years ago

      Ok I'm freaking out a little bit. I live in Los Angeles, California and was given 100 hours of community service for driving on a suspended license. I was under the impression my completion date was April 7th, 2012 but to my surprise when I signed up at my volunteer center that my court date was actually today March 7th. This was an honest mistake so i immediately went to court to let them know but was told they don't hear cases from my district today. Only Tuesdays! I'm wondering what i should do now at this point. I'm in the community service program. i actually start it officially on monday and it will be done quickly but this was an honest mistake and i would hate to get in trouble because of that. any advice is welcomed

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      You went to Court and they turned you away? I would again try via phone to see if you can set up another court date. Explain what happened I am sure that they will work with you on this. They may have sent you the wrong date as well because today is the 7th and is a Wednesday. Don't panic! It should all be able to be fixed without any problem provided you get on it right away!

      Best wishes to you!

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      Terry 5 years ago

      i wouldn't say they turned me away. at TOrrance court, i was told, that they hear certain cases from different cities on different days. Mine is technically a Hermosa Beach case so they don't hear those until Tuesday. I was told to come back. my concern is i don't want someone knocking on my door between now and then. It was seriously an honest mistake. i wish u could've seen the face i gave to the lady at the volunteer center. haha but even she said just sign up. get it started and try to get another court date so you can at least tell them you got the dates mixed up but you are actively in the program now. I swear this stuff is so stressful. YOu spend all this time trying to do right and then lift gets in the way and sometimes things get mixed up. i just hope to get it resolved

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      Chaz 5 years ago

      I like this!

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      Chaz 5 years ago

      So I just received a warrant for my arrest on a misdeminor that I committed in Novemeber of 2011. It states on my warrant that failure to comply will result in an immediate arresst either at your residence or at your business address? Is this true? Can the cops really just show up like that for no reason on a bench warrant for a missdeminor?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I think it depends on the type of crime that was committed, if it was a violent crime then that is possible for them to come and pick you up. It also depends on the State in which you live. Each area is different. If it says that on the warrant I would take it seriously.

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      madiseesincolor 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Hello, it's Madi from earlier!

      I just wanted to say thank you again, and that it looks like there's not gonna be any arrests here anytime soon! As it turns out, one of my roommates had a court date for the exact same charge on the exact same day and missed it as well! He said the county district court in which we have to report to is very compliant with bench warrants. He did exactly what I explained earlier and it looks like all I have to do is go sign up for the walk-ins, they'll quash the warrant (quash is the right word, correct?) and when I go in they'll give me a new court date! I feel so relieved, because it was an honest mistake and I really need to get my license back because my 21st is in 22 days!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Oh that's terrific!!! So glad to hear it's going to work out for you. If you have a cell phone make sure you set an alarm for that date!!

      Yes, 'quash' is the correct term. Best of luck to you and have a VERY Happy (and safe) 21st birthday!!

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      amanda 5 years ago

      Hi I have a bench warrant for theft by deception I didn't show up for a court appointment because my attorney was suppose to contact me when there was a court date but I never head from him I called him atleast 10 times and haven't hears back from him im not sure what to do because I don't want to go to jail my first court date I had they said I could do the ADD program. I looked up mg docket and it said it got moved to the court of common pleas what is that and would I still be able to do theARD program

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      need help fast 5 years ago

      i just found out that a bad check fine from 10 years ago was never paid. My husband told me he HAD paid it..but he didn't! He said that about 8 or 9 years ago, I did get a notice there was a warrant for me, but he didn't tell me, intending to pay it before i found out..but didn't..then, about 5 years ago he said a notice came saying it was turned over to a collection agency. I only know this now because i have to go to court on a case involving him..and he's afraid +'ll be arrested when I show up...and I have to show up! Will I be arrested? i have to go this court date for him this friday...I'm scared to call anyone for fear of alerting them to something not on their radar..oh! The sheriff came and served me a supboena for this court..but didn't arrest me. What should i do? Will I be arrested Fri? Why didn't the sheriff take me? Will they run my name when i go to court? Help please!! i live in PA if that helps.

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      Stephen 5 years ago

      It is has been an education reading these comments. I am surprised that so many things that would be treated as purely civil matters would result in arrest and jail in the US. In the UK, no one gets arrested for parking tickets, as it is a civil offence. If you don't pay then you are sued in court for the money and eventually they send the baliffs around. The same with debts. Unless there is mens rae (intent) to deceive, a bounced cheque would never be treated as a criminal matter. Also trespass is a civil matter and it becomes criminal only if you are trespassing with a firearm (armed trespass), introduced to deal with poaching, or are trespassing to interfere with the land owner's lawful activities. It also becomes criminal if the land owner tells you to go and you refuse.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ amanda - I do not know what the 'court of common pleas' is, I am truly sorry! If you've never been in trouble before and are at court to deal with your warrant I do not believe that you will go to jail. Most first time non-violent crimes are not jail-able offenses (unless they are HUGE crimes) usually fines are issued and at the very most community service will be required and occasionally probation. Talking with the Prosecutor and Judge (as well as everyone in the court) respectfully will get you a long way!!

      Best of luck to you! Let me know how it goes!!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ need help fast - I do not believe that your name will be run as a witness in your husbands case. I also do not believe that you will be arrested.

      As soon as your finished at Court, make a phone call (remember they can't arrest you over the phone!!) talk to the County Clerk and ask how it can be resolved. Life is too short to live in fear of being arrested.

      Generally the reason for the Bench Warrant is to force you to come and talk to the Judge. If you take the first step, they know you want to resolve this without arrest!

      The reason you weren't arrested when the sheriff came is because he was delivering a subpoena, not running your name. The sheriff might get paid a little extra to deliver them (off duty) he still may have on his uniform, but that doesn't mean he is still on duty. Subpoenas can be delivered by Sheriff's or everyday people depending on who the Court wants to deliver them.

      Best of Luck to you!! Let me know how it goes!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Stephen - What is happening in the US is so many people don't realize they MUST pay the Courts for certain issues. They are in great need of finances so rather than 'hope' those fine are paid, they are beginning to issue warrants for what would seem minor crimes. The Counties and States are going broke, this is the best way they can get people to pay those fines. What most folks don't realize is those fines would be much cheaper if arraignments were made at the time. Once Court costs and fees are assessed it goes much higher.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      madiseesincolor 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Hello again! Just wanted to let you know that I went and signed up for the warrant walk-ins yesterday and as of today my warrant has been Q-U-A-S-H-E-D. Everyone was super friendly, and it went by super fast. I think the judge could tell it was a simple mistake, because he didn't lecture me like he did the other people. He even told me that when I screen for a public defender I could probably waive my arraignment date! Thanks so much for the help, again.

      Also, because I took care of this in a timely manner, I was able to e-mail the paperwork I received to the background check company so they can tell the place I applied it's okay to hire me because there is no longer an active warrant out for me.

      I get my license back tomorrow and will have a job again in a couple of days! And I didn't even see a set of handcuffs or a jail cell! Yay!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Now that is an AWESOME outcome!! I'm so glad it all went well for you and I'm glad you came back to tell us about it. Maybe since you went through it and got it all taken care of folks will read your story and do the same.

      Thanks again so much for sharing your story!

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      Susan h 5 years ago

      Hello. I really need your help on this. So I missed my court date and now have a bench warrant now over a ticket I got for driving with suspended license. Right after I got that ticket I went to dmv and paid off all the prior unpaid fines/tickets and received my drivers license back immediately. so now I missed my court date and now im worrief about being arrested. So what do I do now? I do not want to get arrested. Can I go to the court house and try to see if I.can talk to a judge? Is that possible? Because I actually took care of all the tickets and received back my license. Should that show effort in my part? I missed my court date because I had to go out of state and didn't make it back in time. So what do I do now? Please help me!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      But of course!! Keep all of your receipts showing what is paid etc. Call the court house to reschedule a court appointment. When you go to court bring everything showing what has been paid. Keep that on you for 6 months (just in case).

      Best of luck to you~

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      Susan h. 5 years ago

      Thank you Susie!

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      MInerva 5 years ago

      I was the primary witness in a court case that I did not attend. The charge was assault. I did not attend the trial. The prosecuter told me the judge will take action if I did not go. I'm worried that i will get a warrant. What will happen to me?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Susan h. - You are welcome!

      @ Minerva - Honestly, I do not know the answer to that question. I would think it would depend on how the trial turned out. If you were the only witness and the defendant walked and the Prosecution wanted to push the issue you would then be charged with Contempt of Court. Which is essentially thumbing your nose at the Court.

      Contempt of Court almost always means jail time. It's punishment for refusing to do as you are told. Look at it this way, if we all refused to do what we were told in Court then there would be complete chaos in our system. So that is why they have these rules.

      I know it isn't the answer you are looking for but it's the only one I know.

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      madiseesincolor 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Susie, I hope you don't mind my helping.

      @susan the exact same thing happened to me. Courts are usually pretty compliant when it was a simple mistake, as long as it doesn't keep happening over and over again. Call your court clerk and see if there is any sort of walk-in day that can take care of the warrants. They don't want to arrest you, just as much as you don't want to be arrested, and the fact that you've paid off your ticket and have your license reinstated shows that you're trying to take charge over the situation. I don't know about your state, but in mine, when you're charged with DWLS3 (driving with a license in the third degree, which means you're eligible to get it back, but have tickets - as you've said - holding you back), you can actually go to the court clerk before the arraignment date and show that you've got your license reinstated and they will change the charge to a traffic violation of operating a motor vehicle without valid permit present, with ID, which will just be a fine and NO court appearances at all. However, since you missed your court date, I would call and talk to them and see if there's a walk-in date or if you can speak to the judge, set a new date, and quash the warrant. I was charged with the same thing, and had a bench warrant out for me, and when I told the judge I was going to screen for a public defender, he told me that there is a way to even waive the arraignment date if I talk to the court appointed lawyer before hand!

      I've come to learn that DWLS3 is a very common charge, and therefore very easy to deal with if you take all the right steps!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Not a problem Madiseesincolor! Thanks so much for your input.

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      Minerva 5 years ago

      Susie,

      Thank you for responding! I think I might be able to dispute contempt of court. They never sent me an official subpeona. They only talked to me on the phone. Have you ever heard of a disputed charge?

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      Derek 5 years ago

      I was wondering. Is there any orginizations that will help pay off court cost. Five years ago I got caught with a joint of marajuana. It was my second offense. I went to rehab and a half way house for a year. Then was on supervised probation for another year. After that unsupervised. I was supposed to be completely off probation now but I didn't end up paying off all of my court cost which is $1942.54 I more or less let it slip my mind and forgot about it. Not relizing it was as serious as it was. Well I found out on the second of March a warrant was issued and they are trying to revoke my probation unless I pay the court cost off in full. I dont know what to do and this is a very difficult time for me financially. I call united way and they said they wont help. Family wont help. And several churchs I called wont either. I dont want to go to jail. Is there anything I can do. Please help!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Minerva - Well I think you may have your answer right there!! If you never received an official subpoena (which is a letter from the court, hand delivered via sheriff or other court official) then you were never 'officially invited to court'.. In other words, they have no leg to stand on.

      @ Derek - It sounds like you might have run out of options. Since you have tried everything I would have suggested I have no idea where you should turn. You may have to suck it up, have your probation revoked and do some jail time. It happens. I'm sorry but I can't sugar coat the truth. If you have made every effort to pay and still are unable to, they want their 'pound of flesh'... (old time term for justice). In the State of Michigan it is now called 'debtors prisons' - doing jail time for a debt.

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      It's me, Lee 5 years ago

      Hi, what can happen if you don't show up for jury duty.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Not showing up for jury duty can be a crime and cause for criminal charges pressed against you. If you are a registered voter it is considered your 'civic duty' to come when called. You may be given a second chance to show up for jury duty, if you get it, don't waste it!

      I have been a registered voter for many years and have yet to be called upon!

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      veronica ashley d 5 years ago

      Sweetsusieg i need you help okay so i got a ticket for truency and i fixed my attendence, i missed my first court date, its been almost a year since thT has happen and today i got a letter saying there is a warrant out for my arrest, and that i need to pay it in 10 days. Can i just pay my ticket with out seeing the judge?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Veronica - more than likely if you pay this you will not have to see the Judge. Paying it in full before your scheduled court appearance (if they have set one) will make that date 'go away'. Make certain of this, ask the court clerk before just 'not showing up'.

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      veronica ashley d 5 years ago

      Okay thanks, and if I can just pay it with out seeing the judge will I be able to pay for it myself or does my guardian have to come in with me to pay it?

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hmm, now that I do not know. I didn't realize you were under age or had a guardian. You can pay it before your court date, but check to make sure that you are free and clear without having to see the Judge. I would think it doesn't really matter who pays just as long as it's paid. Take in the money and go from there.

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      Steve 5 years ago

      Need a little advice. There are some conflicting dates for my completion of my community service and fines for driving on a suspended license. It appears the court had March 9th as the date but i was given a slip that said my next court date on the matter was august 8th for progress report. The date clearly written on the slip. I'm a little worried now because there is a warrant out and im concerned that a clerical error could result in something much worse happening. what should i do?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Phone calls!!! I can't say it enough, the telephone can be your best friend at times like these!! Make a call to the County Clerk, if you have access to a fax machine and they also have a fax number, fax the slip of paper that has the August 8th date. Call the clerk, tell them the conflict, fax your proof. Most of the time the Clerks have access to the Judge where you won't and are able to help you. What ever you do - treat the Clerk with the UTMOST respect!! He/she is going to be your BEST friend in getting this taken care of.

      Best of luck to you and let me know how it goes!!

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      jeff 4 years ago

      if i have a pending case in wisconsin for felony bail jumping, and i move out of state will the charges go away after time

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      More than likely - No. And because it is a felony bail jumping, you may not be allowed bond while waiting for your day in court either.

      Depending on what the original charges were could make all the difference if it is a passive or aggressive warrant as well.

      Also while being on bond and leaving the State could bring Federal charges.

      This is really not a can of worms you want to open. Your life will be forever turned upside down and you will be constantly looking over your shoulders. Take care of it now... For your future - that is the best thing you can do.

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      jeff 4 years ago

      thanx really not what i wanted to here, but needed to know its for disorderly conduct.i thought maybe it would dissapear....

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Yeah - I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news... But I'd rather you hear the truth before making a mistake.

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      Moe 4 years ago

      I have to do fingerprint for my security guard lisence and I have a branch warrant for ticket for about 2 months in las Vegas but all my information is from new York is my fingerprint still going to be find or are they going to find out.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      That I am not sure of. I would think it depended on the original charge.

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      eee 4 years ago

      I have a garnishment summons I just got today, it says I have to write a letter, or pay the money or go before a judge. 3 options, it has a court date, but does this mean I have to go, or can I just pay it. It was for an improper driving ticket I forgot to pay

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      eee 4 years ago

      Its dated the 29 but just appeared in my room today, also its been almost a year since this ticket, and I'm wondering why now, and does my employer know about this already? And will I be able to renew my license right away?

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      eee 4 years ago

      It gives no explanation as to why I wasn't notified, if and when it was sent to my employer

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Yes if it is a summons for money owed you can just pay it. Take the letter and with the receipt of the payment he/she will clear the docket of your name for that day. There should be no worries.

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      Terry 4 years ago

      Well, I want to throw mine in there cuz it's on my mind...

      I was arrested in CA last October for felony posession of a controlled substance. I got a diverted entry of judgement, fine, and deferrment drug edu class, but money got tight and I moved in with my mother-in-law, far away from my classes. I ended up terminated for failure to pay fees and missed 2 classes.... but I was told I would get another court date for "motion for judgement" I think... the mail went to my mother in laws house, and I found out this weekend. I called the court today, and they informed me the date was... this morning. I'm waiting for my lawyer to call me back. In the meantime, I wonder: did I just screw my whole case up? No priors.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      I would think that since you called immediately and let them know you never received notification, yet are trying to make it right, that things will work out just fine for you.

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      ty lopez 4 years ago

      Hey hub...I just recently went though two interviews for jobs and I got accepted to bot.that's great and all but now I have to go through a background check.just recently last summer I hit a ticket for soliciting while I wad doing a teen job.the company said they would see.if they could pay for it but apparently they never did.will this affect my background check?answer back asap please and thank you

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      That I am not sure of, it would depend on the ticket, the State that it was issued in and the State that you are getting a job in. Some warrants never leave the County they are issued in and some go statewide.

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      andrew 4 years ago

      Ok so I was a month over 18 when I got arrested for a 10$ theft.I was homeless at the time and moved back to my hometown(1,000 miles away) so in missing my court date a bench warrant was issued.about 6 months after I went back and turned myself in.the judge put me on a diversion program very similar to probation monthly payments and check ins.again I was homeless and made just enough to eat and pay the fines.I did this for about 3 months and couldn't do it any longer.so again I moved back to my hometown.I'm 21 years old now and this bench warrant is still haunting me.this is holding my back from being able to reach most if not ALL of my goals.I cannot return to see the judge.I've made phone calls and they tell me I have to turn myself in to speak with the judge...what do I do?any advice?suggestions?anything would be greatly appreciated.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Do you know the name of your Judge? You can write a letter to the Judge, explain your situation in a heartfelt and honest letter. Ask him/her if there is ANY other way to resolve this warrant, that you truly do want to get it taken care of but that you are living so far from where it was issued etc. You will have to explain that struggling finances sent you home where you were safe and staying out of trouble. If you have anyone who can vouch for you, maybe they too can write a letter on your behalf, send it along with your letter. If you have done any community service, make sure proof of that is sent in the letter. If you have current employment, make sure you include that.

      Make sure that anything you say can be verifiable and is totally accurate and honest. Judges are not mean people, they do understand that sometimes we have to do what is best for us at that time. More than anything they want honesty from us. If we give it, then they are likely to give us a break when we ask for it.

      Best wishes to you and best of luck!!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Hey!I was arrested for the first time last last year over traffic violations,unpaid insurance,expired tag etc...Anyway I spent the night in jail (which was horrible) and when I went to court I was ordered to pay $2500 or spend 5 months in jail.I was able to pay $2000 within a month but due to personal reasons I had to move out the USA,and wasn't able to pay the $500 remaining. I'm about to come back and I believe a bench warrant is issued...I'm scared to be arrested at the airport when I come back.What can I do?send the $500 remaining?or I probably will have to pay more since its been a year ???

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      If you have an Attorney in the US I would contact him/her first and see what can be done. They can make the phone calls that need to be made and determine if there is a warrant. They can find out how much is owed as well.

      Best of luck to you!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Thanks!!

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      Gingerette 4 years ago

      This is a great hub, Susie and so informative! I had a misdemeanor charge in another state dating back to early 2010, in which I was put on probation, ordered to pay restitution and ordered to complete community service. I was so thankful for probation, that I glady made payment and completed my community service in less than 6 months (instead of the 2 years they gave me). I mailed all documents to my probation & payment to the probation office in 2010... and two years later (circa 2012) I get a notice in the mail saying I have to appear in court on a "Show Cause Order". The problem is that I am 900 miles away, residing in another state and cannot exactly afford to hop a flight at any moments notice. I also would need to make arrangements to be away from work, as well as get copies of the cancelled checks from over two years ago showing my payment.

      I overnighted a request for a new court date 1) so that I could contact my former probation agent to let her know this is some sort of an error, that all of my conditions were met, as well as send her proof and 2) at least give me time to prepare and make arrangements to travel to the state, if I absolutely had to. However, the judge denied the request and I assume it's because it is "probation" case (meaning I've already had a second chance). There is no way I will be able to make the court date and so I am positive a bench warrant will be issued for my arrest. I've also been calling my old probation officer like crazy to see if there is anything she can do but I can't get her on the phone (always goes straight to vmail). I was under the impression this whole thing was done and over but it's still hanging over my head.

      HELP! Does anyone know if there is anything else I can do??? I'm afraid that if I get pulled over by a cop or something, they will see a bench warrant in the system and I will get arrested on the spot? Can I get extradited on a misdemeanor??? I'm also a business owner, a single parent to one son and it's sort of just me and him in the world (no family or friends). If I get arrested and extradited, this would be devasting because no one would be able to take care of my son or business? I want to get this settled and I'm 110% positive it's a court error. In the meantime, I don't want a bench warrant hanging over my head until it does.

      Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Should I just try and stay in contact with the probation office and courts to work it out, even though the judge may issue a bench warrant. Will they be looking for me in the state I currently live in. This whole thing has me sleepless and constantly nauseated so I'm just looking for advice. Thanks!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      You are doing everything I would have suggested. yes, I would say keep trying to contact the probation office, maybe even trying to contact the supervisor.

      If you have the same banking institution they might be able to get you copies. If not you may have to contact the bank that you wrote the checks on, go straight to the bank manager on this one. If the branch manager can't help you then you may have to go to someone in corporate. This might be faxed to emailed to you.

      I don't see them sending someone 900 miles away to extradite you, but these days you just never know.

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      Katie 4 years ago

      I

      Need help.!!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      What do you need help with Katie?

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      anthony 4 years ago

      Im.facing jail time for a dui but im suppose to start collage can I still take my collage course while im in jail

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      That I am not positive of, you will have to ask those in charge when you get there. From what I understand they do encourage higher education.

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      namberki 4 years ago

      Hi I'm completely aware I've got to pay my fine and go to court soon but the only thing keeping me out of handcuffs now isthey don't know my address but I just turned 21 and I need to change adrress and get proof of my age but its just a state id. Ill also be having to go to a different county that has no records on me and when I got in trouble I wasn't sober so they got the wrong spelling of my name from me and wrong last digits of social. So I'm wondering if I can just hurry up and get my state id with my real name and ssn and then after my money sitiuation is better I get a lawyer and fix it all before things get out of hand

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      andrew 4 years ago

      Thank you very much!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Well namberki - I guess that would be one way of handling your situation. You have to do what is best for you, and what you can do at this time. Just remember if you don't take care of it, it will catch up with you. I have written another article "Bench Warrants - Why you should take care of them Now", not to scare people but to see how to look forward.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Andrew - you are very welcome!!

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      steven 4 years ago

      Soo i had a warrant for unpaid ticket in texas, i live in montgomery al, i had a warrant from failure to prove insurance and i guess failure to appear, i got pulled over in montgomery driving my drunk friend home i was the unexpected last minute DD, so i have a court date tomorrow for that, i just recently got pulled over moving my car down the street to my brothers house to get it worked on, went to jail, bonded out. So, what did that bond out cover? my insurance ticket or, just bought time till i get to dispute the insurance ticket AND the driving with suspended license??

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      steven 4 years ago

      Btw the failure to appear and failure to prove insurance was in prattville not montgomery.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Steven - The 'what' should have been written on your bond release paperwork. I would think if it would have been for Texas you would have been taken there. You will have to read your paperwork and see what it says.

      Luck to you!!

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      Leigh 4 years ago

      I got a message on my facebook acct yesterday from a girl that says she works for a bonding company and that i have a bench warrant for my arrest for failure to appear. She also went on to tell me that police can come pick me at my the college I attend and that my college would kick me out! I do not live in the state that the warrant is issued in and haven't since 2006. This came to a big surprise to me, cause I do not remember missing a court date. Anyways, I called the court house yesterday and they confirmed I had a warrant. I asked her what is the best way to take care of this, and she proceeded to tell me, I have an attorney and would need to call him. This particular attorney I had hired years ago for a child custody case. I have tried to get in touch with the attorney but haven't been able to. Is it possible that they would come pick me up at school? The original charge was for driving on a suspended license in 2004. I remember reinstating my license, but i cant imagine i missed my court date.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      I'm beginning to think that any medium is going to be used to find people these days. I am assuming that this is not a friend of yours? It is almost like a phone call. It is very possible that it is a 'wrong' number.

      Bench Warrants used to be 'just in case' you were stopped by a police officer. It seems that they are getting a little more aggressive these days.

      When you called the court, did they offer you a 'fee' to take care of it? Is it possible to hire a different Attorney? One that is in the area where the warrant is? One would hope that it could be taken care of without having to travel.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      coolmoedee 4 years ago

      i have a bench warrant for an fta. i want to turn myself in so i could get this pass me. i plan on joining the air force but because of my bench warrant i cant register and leave off to begin my new life. how long would i be in jail if i turned myself in? what should i do?

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      Koro 4 years ago

      Hey my boyfriend just got arrested. He has a warrant and i am really scared. Is there anyway that he could get out the same night he is arrested

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      coolmoedee -The length of your jail stay will depend on the generosity of the Judge and the type of crime that caused your fta in the first place. My best advice is to get it taken care of ASAP, if you don't make the phone calls to best see how it is handled then turning yourself in to the proper authorities is your next step.

      Call and find out if there is a bond then take someone with you who can bond you out when you go. Most jails will book you then release you on bond depending on the 'crime'. They will give you or direct you to getting another court appearance - this you MUST keep.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Koro - Generally when being arrested on a warrant there is a bond, it is usually set pretty high to make certain you appear in front of the the Judge. If the arrested person waits until the 'arraignment' time the bond is sometimes lowered, making it more affordable to be released.

      But to answer your question, yes. If the bond is paid the person arrested is usually released within a few hours.

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      shry 4 years ago

      what happens if a 18 yr old got stopped and fined a citation for possession of a reefer cig while driving in va..but he forgot about it over 10 years ago?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      That I am not sure of, you would have to call the court house or Sheriff's office to ask if there is a warrant.

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      Ale 4 years ago

      Please help .. I have a bench warrant for an unpaid ticket . It's the only ticket I've gotten in my life .. As of now I need to travel for work and my lisence expired so I can't use it to fly to Washington dc but will I be arrest if I try to renew my CALIFORNIA I.D at the DMV ??? I know I can't renew my lisence but can I renew my California ID with out being arrested ?

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      gia 4 years ago

      hi, Im out on bond for an A/A w// DW the whole I reason I got it was so unfair and totally pushed of out proportion but that's a different story...anyhow I have been going to all my courts with my lawyer present, well just my last court I was scheduled to show up at 9am I was waiting the whole day and never saw my lawyer or the judge! Well it turns out my lawyer was at a felony hearing and I guess never made it to mine or did after I left! Well the bonds place calls me and says there was a warrant issued but was not active yet? I have already gone to bonds and picked up the reinstatement paper for the judge to sign so I went today to the courts building and after waiting 2 hours my lawyer tells me he couldn't help me with that, I thought he was my lawyer and that was the reason why I was paying him!!! What do I do now I still have the reinstatement papers but today is Friday and can do anything now....PLEASE HELP!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Ale - I am not sure how that will work, I am not from California and each State seems to change all the time. According to a few of my readers this will not happen. But your best bet would be trying to make a few phone calls to get the ticket paid or at least make arrangements to pay it.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      gia - That is really odd. On Monday you may have to take yourself down to the court house again, and talk to the Judge's clerk. Usually when an Attorney has another obligation (such as the felony hearing) his staff calls the court house to reschedule his prior engagements (your last court date). If this did not happen, you may want to seek different counsel. I would certainly do a lot of questioning about it, particularly if you ended up with a warrant.

      Oh quick question, when you showed up at court did you check in with the bailiff? To let him know you were there? Some folks forget when they have an Attorney that they still should do that for just these purposes. That way the bailiff knows you are there, tells the Judge and when your name is called you go in front of the Judge and can let him know your Attorney isn't there. The Judge then may wait or may have a clerk make a phone call or will just reschedule it.

      Remember above all - though you still have and pay for an Attorney it is still your responsibility to make sure things get done. If you have an Attorney who does not or will not explain the procedures to you - you might want to consider getting another one.

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      Ale 4 years ago

      Thank you for your info have a great week ! Gooodluck with your situation

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      NitroBurdette 4 years ago

      Ok last week I was arrested for 2 counts of domestic battery between me, my uncle, and my grandfather. I didn't throw the first hit but I sure as hell threw the last 1. When the cop showed up he talked to me first and after hearing my side of the story he asked if I wanted to press any charges. I said no. As did my uncle and grandfather. Well needless to say I was arrested. The arresting officer put on the paper work probabale couse because my uncle had a cut above his eye, which he didn't, cause I never hit him in the face and he also listed us as a married couple. Well they both went to the prosecuting attorneys office to drop any charges that might have been filed, and clear up the whole situation of me hitting him in the face and cutting his head open. They texted me about 30 mins afterwards and told me all charges against me where dropped and if I had to go to court the only thing that would happen would be for my lawyer to read out for record that all charges where dropped. I got a letter in the mail today saying the PLantiff in my case is the state of west virginia. So I guess that takes me down a whole different road. I was told I faced a 500$ fine, anywhere up to 12 months in jail, or both. Im 19, never been in any kind of trouble, never even been pulled over or gotten a ticket. What's the chance of me going to jail for a year?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      The law states that any time there is a domestic dispute (argument in the home between anyone) the State must be the one to bring charges. For some reason it falls under the battered women category (makes no sense that they don't/can't differentiate). So the people that had an argument can no longer 'drop' charges. BUT... The State still needs them to make their case.

      If you have never gotten into trouble before and do not have any type of record I would suggest that you plead NOT guilty and fight the charges. Your chances are slim that you will do the maximum time required by law.

      The time you were told ($500 fine and 12 months in jail) are most likely the maximum fines for this charge for a first occurrence in your state. It is also most likely a FELONY and that my friend is something you do not want on your record!! A felony is on your record for a lifetime, some states are now making able to have some felonies expunged after 5 years, but why take the chance!!

      Having a Felony on your record WILL cause you all sorts of problems down the road the most obvious one is finding and keeping gainful employment.

      Get yourself a good Attorney and fight these charges!! I am certain from what you said that your family did not want this to happen and they will be your biggest asset!

      Best of Luck to you!!

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      jlwest 4 years ago

      I was arrested a couple days ago w a bench warrant. I had been stopped for speeding a month ago and received a ticket that i did not pay attention too for a suspended license. I had been working on this license suspension thing and was told by wa state it was all fixed. So i called wa again and they said it was failure from the 2 states to communicate since i live in idaho. The point is the wa license is fixed i have a current idaho license. I was booked in and my husband paid bail 3 hours later. And i have to go to court tommorow. I am really worried about what is goin to go on. Really hoping that i dont get booked in. SInce i already spend some time a few days ago. not to mention ive heard i should say guilty with the reason being i was worried about calling wa to see why they had not fixed my license. Please any input. Im really worried. and yes this is the only thing now on my record.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      I always have to say 'never plead guilty'!!

      If the failure to communicate was between 2 states then the paperwork should be available somewhere. When you show up the Judge will realize that you are trying to work this out, I do not foresee any reason to detain you. It can't be fixed if you're locked up.

      Get the paperwork for WA as soon as possible (it may be able to be faxed) I'm not sure what time your court is, but if you make your calls early in the am you can have the paperwork in hand when you go to court.

      To get the paperwork you are going to have to do the work. If you do not have it when you go to court make sure ALL of your calls are logged on a sheet of paper with the name (and number) of the person you spoke to. You will then have something to show the Judge. That you know your license was fixed, and now are trying to prove it.

      Best of luck to you!! Let me know how it goes!!

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      jlwest 4 years ago

      thank you my court is 8:30 am unfortanetly the paper work has not showed up in the mail. I am going to put the calls and names of people on a list to show the judge. I hope they can see my trials to get this taken care of. Im still confused on the guilty or not part but hopefully i will be able to fill you in on it tommorow. Thank you for the advice much appreciated .!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      If they ask you what is your plea "Guilty or not guilty" always say NOT Guilty... You can later change it to guilty if you desire, but you can't go back once you say 'guilty'. I hope that helps explain it a bit better.

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      jd 4 years ago

      I found out I had a bench warrant in md about a traffic case. no dui. No record on my backgroung but im scared. To turn myself because of my kids. What can I do?

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      jlwest 4 years ago

      susie, i had court today they brought up suspended license which i respectfully told judge has been fixed since last december which he didn't seem to care, they said i could face up to 6 mo in jail and that i could get a court appointed attorny to which they gave to ( no offense to anyone) 15 other people in the room including 9 teenagers w dui's i hardly got a chance to speak and feel that no one really knows the case i have to go back on tuesday. I have not put any one in danger, im not a criminal just stuck backwards in the mud. it is as not guilty and like i said i have to go back on tuesday. I have been booked and bailed out twice since this all started and it has been fixed since december. what to do?

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      masont45 4 years ago

      recently found out that state of njj can suspend your license if you oew a fine.. does that mean they have a warrant for my arrest. I was arrested for being in a high dug area, but i lived in the area.. the said there was drugs but wwhen I went to court they said it was wandering.. how can i get myu license in georgia and will i get time for a fine

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ jd - The best thing I can say is to start making phone calls. I understand the fear of being arrested, particularly with children. Is there any way that you can find family members to help take care of the kids just in case there is jail time? If you can do that then I would suggest doing your very best to get it out of the way as soon as possible.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @jlwest - Ok so apparently the Judge had other fish to fry today and didn't want to hear it. So he set you for another day. He probably was the 'arraignment Judge' Some counties works that way. Depending on how busy they were and from the amount of people today it sounded very busy.

      You will get the opportunity to speak to a Judge who has the time to listen, it just wasn't today, I'm sorry.

      He told you the 'Max' of what you could get if found guilty, not what is the 'norm'. They ALWAYS have to tell you that so you know what you are facing. This is your first offense and as you say it wasn't something that was dangerous.

      Get your paperwork in order, make copies for yourself for when you go to court. You will be able to give a copy to the bailiff who will give it to the Judge. You will want to keep a copy right in front of you for reference. You will be able to prove that your license was not under suspension when you were arrested. More than likely the charges will be dismissed. I cannot foresee you doing any jail time.

      I am certain that you will get all of your bond money back as well. I do not understand bonding twice though. Make sure that you keep all of your receipts. Make a folder to keep everything in.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ masont45 - yes, I certainly understand that. That is what happened to me and what prompted this article.

      Make some phone calls, find out about paying those fines to get it taken care of. Usually once the fines are paid any charges are dropped. Make sure that you keep all paperwork involved. Once your fines are paid keep the receipts for at the very least 6 months on your possession. For proof should you need it.

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      jd 4 years ago

      Can I still pay the fines even with it all I have is 2 and the sad thing is not even my car I used my daughter grandmothers car to take her to her doctors appointment got stop for a backlight and all this stuff came up and the officer was look tho he said I could have got arrested on the stop but my 8month old save me her Grandma said she was going get everything st8 but I guess she didn't smh but the lady at the court house said you have 2 opinions turn myself in or write a letter and pay the fines

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Well it looks as though they've told you your options. I would think paying the fines with a letter to the Judge sounds like your best bet. Once the fines have been assessed there is nothing to do but pay them.

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      wolfie 4 years ago

      I found out that last September a warrant was issued for me on a bogus check. I was homeless from July to November last year and apparently the courts had sent notice of the check(s) to my old address. How likely is it that the courts will let me pay off the check(s) and fines and not give me jail time? This is my first time to be in any type of trouble other than a couple of traffic tickets years ago. I need to get this taken care of immediately since I am trying to advance my position at work and the advancement requires a background check. Luckily they are only looking for felonies and the warrant is a misdemeanor.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      My best advice is take care of the check - first go to the bank and pay the bank back. KEEP that receipt. Then if you wrote it to a store go to the store and pay any outstanding fees they may have. KEEP that receipt. Go to the court house with receipts in hand or call and prepare to send a fax with proof of payments (the receipts). You might want to prepare a letter of sorts to fax in as well so hey know who the receipts are for and can put it on file.

      Best of luck to you!!

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      jlwest 4 years ago

      Thank you again susie u are very helpful and reassuring.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      You are very welcome!

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      pamela 4 years ago

      After a few things that seemed really neat and my relationship with my husband and kids seemed as if every one was really doing well--things litterly were organizated to a down hill slide by someone--this became just not even about our lives at all, but it didn't seem to stop. No one that i knew before including my mother in law would intervene. I need an attorney just to even be able to get copies of my papers at all.

      I have NO information, out of the blue no longer did i feel my children were safe for some reason--even though we joined an organization that is about families,protection--apparently these few offices were into divorce etc-

      Would anyone be willing to file a few papers for me--it's been alot of years and i am just left in this mind warp----the needing to know if my children are really safe and well is just eating at me daily.

      My id is gone again, i never had this problem at home--wonder why someone would ever take things out on us and where they came from, for who we knew?

      If anyone that is a paralegal can help please let me know--I can't tell you not getting anywhere with picking myself up from this is to many years and seems so not about our lives.

      thank you, pamela

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      Creolechica 4 years ago

      I need some advice....I have a warrant for not appearing in court its in another county that I am unable to get to due to the fact that I am 8 months pregnant and I dont have the means to make it to court....I am suppose to be following a court order put in by a judge for visitation for my kids father and I violated the order because I dont have transportation needed to get my kids to and from the area that we are suppose to meet to transfer the kids what do you think I should do besides turn myself in because I dont wanna being in jail pregnant

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      well I would start by making some phone calls!! Talk to the kids' Dad let him know you are without transportation (I am sure he is aware). Find out if the Court will have him do the transportation.. They may allow it, they may not. Some one needs to give a little in situations like these. I have no idea what the court will say though, but at least it is a place to get started.

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      Spence7 4 years ago

      Hello I was arrested for my first DUI (in Miami Dade County FL) a year ago this June. I had a good lawyer and he had the charge reduced to Reckless Driving. The judge sentenced me to six months probation, 50 hours of community service, court costs and fines as well as a MADD class and DUI School. I completed and paid everything in full except the DUI school, but kept in touch with probation as instructed and told my PO that I needed just another week to complete the DUI school as I juat got a new job and scheduling conflicts as well as class availability were an ongoing problem. She seemed fine with this but I received a letter from the Clerk of Courts in Miami stating that I have violated probation and must appear in court this coming Thursday. I do not have any more money to spend on my attorney. If I appear in court for the violation is there a chance I will be arrested right there? Do I have the option to use a Public Defender? I would REALLY appreciate any advice you could give! I am very worried about going back to jail.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Please keep in mind that I am not an Attorney - but here is my best advice.

      Go to the hearing, bring ALL of your paperwork that you have completed. Even the Community service papers that have gotten signed. Bring everything. Bring something that will show your start date of work along with your work schedule. (make sure you have copies of all of these so the Judge gets to keep a copy for the file if he/she wishes) Sometimes they just want to look at it.

      If you should need an Attorney yes, I would think you could now use a public defender you will have to ask for one and your start date and pay stubs will be able to verify that you need one.

      Since you have come this far in your progress I can't see a Judge putting you in jail, BUT this will probably be your only chance. If he/she tells you that you MUST complete something... then do it. They may accept excuses one time, but no more.

      From knowing people who have had to deal with Dade County and their punishments, they seem to take the view that if the accused/guilty party is financially broken they will never commit the crime again.

      Best of Luck to you!!

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      Spence7 4 years ago

      Thank you for the advice! I will let you know how things turned out.

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      Mardi 4 years ago

      I just received a warrant letter in the mail today. It says I owe $1600 from my dui, which I stopped paying on my payment plan a year ago. The letter stated that it is best that I pay in full before going to Court. Will I still go to jail once I see the judge?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Wow... Well it seems pretty clear what they want from you. I would do my very best to get it paid ASAP. You may want to make a few phone calls to see if you will be allowed to pick up on your payment plan. As far as going to jail when seeing the Judge I would think if you have a VERY GOOD reason for stopping payment it would behoove you to bring proof.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      Mardi 4 years ago

      Thank you very much. Well I think when I called, they told me it had something to do with my weekends, so I'm thinking the community service that needs To be performed that I haven't yet. is there a chance i avoid jail time if I pay half the fine when I go to Court on Monday and just sign up for community service. I have no reason why I stopped payment, I hope the judge gives me a second chance.

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      ALOHA79 4 years ago

      Hello Miss Lady Sweetsusieg,thank you for this wonderful hub!!! First and foremost I know you don't have all the answers and I pretty much get the jist,of communicating via phone :) but I'm also very scared. Back in early 2010 I got arrested for my second dui in SD Cali. I did the basic community service required of me. But I never paid the fines which were up to like $3000 or so, and I didn't do the 18 month ridiculous classes to drive again in California. I moved to another state with my husband, now I'm back again. I don't drive, but I did find out I have a $5000 bench warrant. I don't really have a good excuse of not paying it. I just thought it was over excessive; the fines. Now, I'm going through a divorce, and am totally broke. There is no way I can pay $5000 for the bench warrant, or even $500 for bail. What happens now, and if I show up in court, I'm sure I will be most likely arrested. Have you heard of having the fee lowered? Or working off the fee doing community service, or can I just go to jail and serve my time then have the fee cleared up?? How much time do you think I'd have to serve to fullfill $5000 of a bench warrant. And I'm sure I'd get a bill for hanging out in jail too!! Right?? Any suggestions would be appreciated. God bless lady!! :)

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      The reason for the excessive fines is to discourage repeat offenses, and yes they are excessive. Anything involving dui, owi, ouil. dwi or any other charge involving an unclear brain is going to cost and cost BIG.

      I have heard of having part of the fees commuted to community service but that requires the effort of paying the fees as well. The reason they jumped from $3,000 to $5,000 is the interest the accrues and it will continue going up.

      If you do not have the money jail time can be exchanged in some cases. I have no idea how long you would do for the $5,000 fines, only a Judge could tell you that.

      If you declared yourself indigent the Judge might have mercy on you and not charge you the jail fees. You would certainly have a booking fee (that's a given).

      I guess what I would do is find a way to put my stuff in storage, pre-pay for a year (if you have anything of value and just to be safe) before heading to Court. Explain to the Judge you didn't know the ramifications of not paying the fines, being broke and hope he/she shows you some mercy.

      I wish you the best! If you can let me know what happens after seeing the Judge!!

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      Big D 4 years ago

      I got a knock on my door at 3am one morning and it was a sheriff there to take me to jail for a warrant that wasn't even valid. Long story short I by the grace of God had the right paper work to show it was squashed and he left. But they made no apologies for waking up my kids at 3am and almost costing me my job.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      That is the one thing that I will never understand when it comes to Law Enforcement. The only way they are held accountable is if someone gets hurt and there is audio or video recordings of the incident. Other than that, the perception is that they not only uphold the law but are above it as well. Their word is incontestable and they certainly make no apologies for their actions.

      I'm not saying they don't have a hard job and I am absolutely certain there are thousands who are wonderful at their jobs. It's the few that make them all look bad. I am so sorry for your experience! Thank goodness you kept your paperwork! When I say to keep it, I say so for very good reason and you are one example of why you should keep any resolved issues or quashed warrant paperwork handy for a good 6 months or more.

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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      lebo 4 years ago

      To sweetusieg

      i was with a friend shopping in 2004 where i walk out with a cosmetic jewelery on my hand, i was arrested because i did not have any ID on me, and i am from another country, i got bail and went to court, was told to pay a fine of $265 which i did then i went home in few days, years pass and went back for my visa i was told that i have an warrant out for an arrest, now the problem i am having i am in my country my daughter is in the state with my husband and because if this warrant i get the visa to see my family, we already payed like $7000 to lawyers who we think could help us but did nothing for us but just take our money right now its really hard to even get a next lawyer and my child is growing up with me, i really need advise how to make this thing go away i which if someone could really help me to get this bond go away. all these information the system has is all wrong they r saying i went to court three times and the one to make the fourth one i did not show up so thats y there is a warrant that is a lie i only went to court once, i have prove in my jamaican past port to show that none of the dates they have that i went to court is true so i know i can win this case but is to get the right person to do it. please help me

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Do you by chance have the receipt for the fine you paid? Was it by check or money order? A paper trail is what you need to find. It is great that you have your passport to show that what is said is a lie.

      Never give the original to anyone, always the copy so you can keep the original and have it for your records.

      Start by making phone calls to the court, have a pen and paper handy make sure that each person you speak to you write down their names. Ask for the name of the Judge that oversees your case along with the address. Write him/her a letter. If you have receipts for the fines paid along with receipts for the Attorney's you've paid, make and send copies of them along with the letter.

      I am sorry that you are having such a bedtime of getting this cleared up.

      Best of luck to you!!

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      Stephen 4 years ago

      "The only way they are held accountable is if someone gets hurt and there is audio or video recordings of the incident. Other than that, the perception is that they not only uphold the law but are above it as well. Their word is incontestable and they certainly make no apologies for their actions"

      Aren't the police making it even more difficult for citizens to capture photographs or videos of their wrong doing? Many US states have wiretapping laws which the police cynically use to arrest and prosecute anyone who films anything that the police don't like. Except in cases of undercover operations, I cannot see any legitimate reason why a police officer on duty in a public place should object to being filmed. Which makes me think that they have illegitimate reasons to fear being filmed.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      You see it is supposed to be 'illegal' to be recorded without someone's permission (in many States) - unless of course you are the police doing the recording. The laws seemed to have changed from protecting the innocent to protecting only those who matters ie; those in 'power'.

      The thought used to be 'don't break the law and you won't get into trouble', that is no longer the case. Last year alone the Gov't created over 10,000 new laws that even most 'law upholders' aren't aware of, so the claim that 'ignorance of the law is no excuse' should not be in play.

      But of course they have legitimate reasons to fear being recorded!! Many times the laws are being broken by them, those who are sworn to uphold the law! If they can't keep up with the laws, the only natural thing would be to prohibit recordings of possible wrong doings.

      My theory is this; If 'they' (the lawmakers in charge) want to put cameras on every street corner to watch what 'we' are doing then it should be perfectly acceptable to 'us' to use any means necessary to make sure they too are following the laws.

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      lebo 4 years ago

      because its 8 years since this incident occurs, i dont know where to find the receipts, but i have the receipts for the lawyers i paid already,but i am going to see if i can get the address for the judge and with the letter, just hope this will get me some where.

      thanks for your help....ill keep u posted

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks tebo!! Best of Luck to you! And yes, do keep me posted!

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      George 4 years ago

      I had a bench warrant against me 6 months ago. I got arrested when got pulled over. I posted bail and 15 days later went to my court date.I had to pay a fine which I didnt pay because I cant afford it. 2 days ago I got pulled over again and the officer said I now had 2 bench warrants on me, didnt arrest me but said I should go to the courthouse and talked to the judge. My question is if this my second offense can I recieve any jail time?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      That is a good possibility, the fact that the officer did not take you in gives you an opportunity to clear them up. Not many will give these kinds of opportunities, I would suggest that you take care of them ASAP.

      I would start by making phone calls and go from there.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      em218 4 years ago

      I have just returned to America (I don't live here and haven't for a couple years) to find out in customs that I have a bench warrant in another state than the one I flew into. I wasn't arrested, and I am hiring an attorney to try and sort it out, but I have to leave the country again. Do you have any idea if I'll be allowed to?

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      Jmoney 4 years ago

      Can the police issue a warrant after you've been given a court date

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ em218 - Now that I do not know the answer to. This is something you will have to discuss with the Attorney that you have hired to take on your case. He should be able to give you those answers. I would assume that when they discovered (as you entered the US) that you have a warrant they will not let you leave until it is cleared up.

      Best of Luck to you!! Let me know how it goes!!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ Jmoney - It is generally a Judge that issues the warrant and not the police, so I am not sure of your question. If you have a court date and it has not arrived yet then I would assume that no, there would not be another warrant issued.

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      Ann 4 years ago

      I have a warrant out for my arrest in PA and I'm living in Egypt for the past 2 years...I don't even know what it's for but I do have outstanding credit card debt and a "friend" who loaned me money and said I could pay them back when I can may be suing me for the money. I really don't know what else it could be for. I'm waiting on a call back from the Constable who tried to arrest me and it's the weekend :P Anyway, I've been planning to return to PA and I've been applying for jobs--if I can resolve things over the phone or get a court date set up to see the judge will I have to put on my job applications that I had an arrest warrant? Thanks and thank you for doing this service for people!!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      It's become common place for some states to get Judges to issue warrants for debts in the last couple of years. Personally I think this is a serious misuse of our Justice system, but it is being allowed.

      The various debts that are being 'warranted' are for medical (in Indiana they come knocking at your door) credit card etc. Those that rack up the high interest doesn't quite fair. I'm all for paying a debt etc., but when the interest and fees exceeds the bill by sometimes more than triple then no, I don't think that should be allowed.

      I wish you the best and hope that you can get it resolved!

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      Ann 4 years ago

      Okay so I just spoke to the Constable, he was very nice and was just there to serve me papers from a credit card company that's trying to sue me and I guess I have to go to court for this...he said when I return to PA to call him and that's it, I'm not in trouble...but will this show up if I apply for jobs?

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      Ann 4 years ago

      Thanks for your reply--I didn't see it when I posted a few minutes ago! If this IS for credit card debt I looked up PA laws and it said the judge could have them garnish my bank account, but since I don't have one good luck to them!!! I guess I need to find a lawyer (hopefully a free one) to help me with this!!! Anyway, thanks for your feedback :)

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      I am not certain if it will show up for a job, most companies do a background check now so it just might. But, then again it might not. It's hard to say.

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      getlostfoolios 4 years ago

      Hi Sweetsusieg

      I need your help & advise, I just found out that I have a bench warrant dated May 7th 2012 for Larceny for the amount of 143$ from Sears, I live in MI. I don't know what to do at this time, I read that you said make phone calls to see what I need to do, but I was hoping that I could get your help before I called anyone & what do you think is going to happen? I am on the verge of being penniless & homeless I rent a home with my 16yr old daughter & I don't even have the money to pay Junes rent. I need to fill out a SER at DHS but I am afraid that they will not help me if they have access to see that I have a bench warrant. I want to take care of the bench warrant ASAP but I am afraid I will go to jail. Can you please offer any advise? Thank you in advance for your time in this matter.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      If I'm not mistaken SER is for emergency relief correct? As far as I know DHS does not run a background check for those. I'm not even sure DHS does back ground checks unless it involves fraud against them. I hope this helps!!

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      lexilou4ever 4 years ago

      Hi sweetsusieg,

      I hope you can help me. My bf n I got into an argument n we had a pretty bad fight. Charges were filed against him and I think there's a warrant out for him. I think they put it under aggravated assault. He is already on probation for grand larceny. I was wondering what i could do to drop the charges against him. Will this go down as a probation violation? They said that he would have to do 5 yrs for a serious violation. A little more info, his probation is in SC but the incident happened in WI. Please help me. I just want his name to be cleared so we can move one. I don't want to see him in jail.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      You can drop the charges and refuse to testify against him but the State is obligated to pick up the charges. It was a hard fought and won battle for women of abusers all over this Country. I am not saying that your boyfriend is an abuser!! What I am saying is Domestic Violence Laws are what they are because of a fight happening then the 'making up' and the women wanting to drop the charges all for it to happen again in the next six months.

      Generally Domestic Violence falls under Felony charges, depending on the Prosecutor. Was he taken to jail for the required 24 hour 'cooling off period'? If he ran before the police came that will make it worse on him when they finally catch up with him.

      Yes, more than likely it will be a probation violation, if his probation officer wants it to be. For the most part there are strict rules with probation and 'having police contact' is one of them. "Police contact" means doing anything that the police become involved in. If he is almost off of probation and he owes fees if he gets them paid then they might over look the violation. BUT if he is early on in his probation, Domestic Violence is generally a 'serious' matter within the Courts.

      I am not trying to 'but' into your life and I have no idea what your situation is but your comment concern's me. If I could direction your attention to 2 different articles I have written, just read, no pressure. Just an idea for you to consider.

      https://hubpages.com/relationships/Am-I-being-abus...

      https://hubpages.com/family/How-I-helped-my-Daught...

      Best of Luck to you!!

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      Georgie14 4 years ago

      I need advice about a warrant in New Jersey and I live in Pennsylvania. About 3 years ago I was arrested for criminal mischief and breaking public property. I never showed up in court and I'm scared I may go to jail. I was recently arrested in Jersey again for an open container of alcohol and they told me I had a warrant and that's why I was arrested. I had 250 dollars bail and they told me to contact the court that issued the warrant. I really want to take care of this but I also don't want to go to jail. What should I do and what could happen?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Always remember you can't be arrested over the phone!! So start by making phone calls. You may have to pay a hefty fine, property damages can and do add up. I'm not sure what the value of destruction was done, but obviously it wasn't Felony charges you would have most likely been transported to that State. More than likely you will have fines and fees to pay. The State may be willing to take payments but unless you make that call you will never know for certain.

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      JoeK 4 years ago

      So I have warrants in another county.. Tomorrow I have to go and get my new dl.. Will they arrest me at the tag agency??? I live in Oklahoma and the warrants are in the same state but different county??

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      JoeK 4 years ago

      And here is the deal say they did arrest me and took me in.. The warrants are drug related.. But while I was on probation I decided to check myself into rehab.. I succeeded in my program and have been clean for four years.. I also have been recently diagnosed with MS.. My medicine is very expensive.. So would they have to pay for my meds if they keep me in jail? Or would they give me a medical release because of my MS?

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      becca 4 years ago

      I just have a question, looking for some input. I recently found out I have a bench warrant out. im going to take care of this on monday but I have a 8hr treatment class on saturday. will I get arrested by going to this?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ JoeK - I am not certain how it works in OK, I have been told by several people here that some States do not notify the police of a pending warrant. As far as medication in jail - they are supposed to allow you to have your medication (that you provide via family), I have a friend who was denied his meds recently, he has seizures, the Officer who denied his meds has been suspended (whether that was the reason remains to be seen).

      I would hope that once you went in front of a Judge and could show you've been clean for 4 years, the charges would be dismissed (Congratulations!!). Also the exact charges may have a statute of limitations, you might want to check into that.

      Best of Luck to you!! Let me know how it goes.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ becca - I do not think that in a treatment facility they would run your name to determine if you have warrants or not. They are there to help you rather than 'punish' you. I hope you are able to get it resolved with the best results!!! Good Luck!

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      jen 4 years ago

      i have a bench warrant in CA but I now reside in IN, i wrote a letter to a judge explaining why I couldn't physically be there but i don't think he got the idea. how can i go about this ? i just want to ahead and pay my fine

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Generally speaking if your bench warrant is based on a fine, if you pay the fine the warrant will be dropped. The Court clerk is the one who should have that information, give them a call. Tip: Be nice!! The nicer you are the nicer they will be and will assist you more1!!

      Best of Luck!

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      jen 4 years ago

      it's not based on a fine , i was got a ticket for pettytheft in june but before this incident happenend i've been making changes to move to IN. i've written a letter to the judge with all my proper information and set up another court date. the clerk said i could send a fax the day of my court. i just want to start paying my fine so i can put this behind me.

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Well it sounds like you are getting things in order!! WTG!!

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      jen 4 years ago

      so do you think the judge will accept my 2nd letter ?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      If you do exactly as the Court clerk instructs you on I am certain the Judge will accept what you send.

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      jen 4 years ago

      well she said i could TRY but i am going to do what she instructed me to do. she didn't sound so reassuring though that's why i'm asking. i know the judge is only doing his job but shouldn't they be understanding if someone is out of state ?

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      lebo 4 years ago

      hi sweetsusieg i spoke to u few weeks ago about my case, up until now i cant get no where the good thing about this is i got married last month but now we dont know if i have to clear up my situation before my husband can file for me, we was thinking about to go ahead and send in the paper works and then let the imigration lawyer deal with the case, please tell me what to do ....thank u

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      @ jen: As sad as this is going to sound; It depends on how the Judge is feeling on that day. If he is feeling generous then things should go fine. If there is someone who is ahead of your case that causes him to get angry, then he could be a bit spiteful. Should he be above that? Absolutely, but he/she is still is human. Above all it is your name that you are trying to clear, in their mind you will do whatever it takes to clear it. Those clerks know more than they let on, she cannot guarantee anything because of the first part of this ^ and they would be in the wrong if they did guarantee. It sounds like you were respectful to her and she is doing everything she knows how to do to help you.

      @ lebo - I know absolutely nothing about immigration law I have no idea how to help you. Maybe your husband is correct, get the paperwork in and let them help you. That sounds like it would be your best bet. I wish you the best!

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      jen 4 years ago

      thanks. ugh, i really do hope he is in a good mood that day.

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      Jen 4 years ago

      Hello Susie I asked for your help two weeks ago, well I found out I have two arrest warrants in California, I guess my judge didn't read my letters because I kept repeating that I no longer live in that state. what do I do from here ?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Your Judge may not have gotten your letter, when you sent it did you send it regular 'snail mail'? I would try sending a letter either certified or registered - where he has to sign for it, so you know he has gotten it, by way of return receipt. Explain your situation (again) this time stress that you are unable to return to the State due to finances, work etc.. but you want to take care of this.

      Call the clerk again, see if there is a fine attached to the warrant, start paying on it if you can.

      If that fails to help you, go to your local Ombudsman or other elected official and talk to them, see if they can help you clear this up.

      Whatever you do keep all of your records!! Phone calls, letters, receipts, visits to others regarding it. This way should the unimaginable happen you can prove that you are trying to rectify the issue. I'm wondering... if it might be possible to have it transferred to your County? You could ask the Clerk that when you talk to her/him.

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      Jen 4 years ago

      I sent a letter a few days before my first court and I called the day of my court and asked the clerk if they delivered my letter and they said yes. the second time I called and they told me I had a bench warrant I explained my situation to the clerk and she said I could try sending a fax the day of my court and so I did, again I called right before my court after I faxed it and I asked then if the judge has recieved my fax, she said she was goung to walk to the court he was in and deliver it. now I have another court coming up next week. I've already asked the clerk if it was possible to transfer my case but since the misdemeanor happened in California it cannot be transfered.

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      Jen 4 years ago

      Hi susie, i asked you for advice a few weeks ago, i plan on going to california to take care of my warrants, will i get arrested at the airport?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      No Jen - I cannot see that happening. It takes a bit to 'run' a person for warrants and they don't do that at the airport for inter-continental flights. (well at least not yet!!) It is so very sad for you that they are refusing to work with you on this via the telephone or mail, I am so sorry! I have a feeling it's all going to boil down to money anyway, so I am not understanding why they won't.

      Best of Luck to you! Let me know how it goes.

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      natasha lynn 4 years ago

      I have a question. I have a girlfriend whose husband was told after his court appearance to go to a hearing regarding revoking his bond because he didn't adhere to the no contact stipulation. He didn't go and just walked out and now they have issued a bench warrant. Will they go to his house to try to pick him up. The bench warrant was issued in another city than where he currently lives.( its about 30 minutes away) will they go to his address (they have his current address on file) and try to pick him up?

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Depending on the crime, they may. Anymore, I wouldn't put it past the system to take any and all measures...

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      Hello. 4 years ago

      Hi, I was pulled over a few months ago and I was fined for not having insurance. I have been ordered to go to a program here that monitors you having insurance and I have to pay a fine monthly. Every couple of months I go to court and I get reviewed to make sure I am complying.

      Now, I just found out a few days ago by calling around that I have a bench warrant. Apparently I had not only 1 court date but 2 when I got pulled over. I went to the first one. That is where I was ordered to join the program.

      I have had this warrant for about 5 months now. I have been to court about 3 times with this active warrant.

      Tomorrow, I have a review in court again. What is the chances of being arrested while in court this time since I called them and they kinda have a heads up?

      I am going to pay it off but that is in a couple weeks when Ihave the funds. The warrant is a bench warrant and I have to pay 250 to bond out of it.

      Thanks!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Oh boy... The laws are changing so rapidly anymore... I wouldn't think that you would be arrested since you are showing up at Court - regardless of the reason. If it comes up then you might want to prepare a statement of sorts. Explain that you just found out and are preparing to take care of it within 2 weeks (give them a date - that is important, then stick to it!!) The Judge may decide to quash the warrant since you are aware of it. Is it in front of this Judge or a different one? If they don't mention, keep quiet.. Then take care of it ASAP..

      Good Luck to you!!

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      Hello. 4 years ago

      Thanks for the reply. It is in front of this judge. I am not going to say anything about it unless they do! lol.

      But, I am going to get it taken care of one way or another. I just hope its when I do it myself. That way I am not at risk of missing work and that kinda stuff.

      Your blog here is very infomative and it is awesome how you answer everyones questions. Kudos!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Well you are very welcome! I do my best to answer any and all questions regarding the Hubs I write, particularly if they are what one would term 'informative'. Best of luck to you today and feel free to let me know how it went!!

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      Hello. 4 years ago

      Today went great. I was simply fined and although I was nervous every time a police officer looked at me, I was not arrested.

      Now, it is time to get this paid off so I can stop being so paranoid!

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      Way to go!!

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      crusaderlh 4 years ago

      My brother has a warrant in AZ . He got a DUI 3 yrs ago. he did his time in jail and house arrest. he could not pay his fine and a warrant was issued. He went to the court house and saw the judge to make payment arrangements full well knowing he may be arrested. The judge told him to pay the $3500.00 he owed that day or leave his court and hope he did not get arrested at a later date. Now what should he do ?? he cannot pass a back round check so he has not worked in the last year. What should he do ?????

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      Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

      If he can't find a job that pays under the table or borrow the money from a family member or friend then he may have to turn himself in and do the allotted jail time in lieu of fines. I've known a few people who just cannot afford to pay the fines so they give their 'pound of flesh' so to speak. Sometimes that is the only option.

      Keep in mind that most jails have what is called 'good time' so for every day that you do you are given 1-2 days good time. For instance my daughters ex-boyfriend got a year in the County jail, he did 4 months total. For every day he did, he got 2 days off of his sentence. So if a Judge gives him 6 months he can expect to do 2.

      Depending on the County he also may have be allowed some sort of work related jail time. My ex-husband - in order to pay some arrears in child support he was required to work for the County for 6 weeks until he was able to pay $1500.00 in arrears.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      luvpanda 3 years ago

      Hi there!

      I just posted bail on Thursday May 2, 2013. Before I turned myself in, I tried to get a duplicate copy of my driver's license, because I lost my Driver's license, SS card, and birth certificate. They told me their was an in lieu of bail hold. I traveled to Rolla (about 45 minutes away) and turned myself in right away. I did some research online and found out that all fines must be paid for the hold to be lifted. My question is, can I go and get a Missouri Non-Driver's id card so I can have some form of identification?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Generally getting a state ID will negate a driver's license. Personally I would go through my things to find something else to use as an ID. I would think that you still could but I'm not familiar with Missouri laws. If they are just holding you ID until you pay fines I would ask for a verification slip. Explain to them "It is against the Law for me to traverse the city (or anywhere else) without an ID and I don't want to break the law".

      When traveling in some States, if you are pulled over the officer will confiscate your license until the fines are paid, they give you a slip of paper with your license number on it as well as your name for ID purposes. (I know this because my Mom got pulled over several times coming from Michigan to Missouri - the problem ended up being her speedometer so the last officer didn't write her a ticket).

      I hope this helps answer your question.

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      concernedfriend 3 years ago

      I just got my 2nd dui in just over 5yrs in the state of washington, I have to move in the next month but the courts want me to comply with courses and AA meetings and stay on probation for 18 months which I obviously cant afford to do, now if I just leave and dont comply what is the most likely outcome of the situation? and if a bench warrant is issued how long would it last on my record?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      It's not a matter of 'IF' a bench warrant will be issued but when. As far as how long it will remain on the books? That I have no idea, most people don't outlast that time table. Everyone is linked to a computer somehow, some way something as simple as a telephone will register you. Yes, there are people who go 'off grid' but that takes preparation, not something you can do overnight.

      You can ask the court to have your case transferred to where you are moving - IF they agree, then you will have to comply with your new County's assessment which can and most likely will be much worse than what you are asked to do now.

      There are Federal mandates in place for DUI's each State/County must comply with the minimum but if they choose, can impose the maximum. If you run, when you are caught (you will be, it's a given - I'm not trying to be an a** about it) given that this is a second offense the Judge can impose Prison time. How long? That I have no idea of.

      Personally I would do my absolute BEST to comply with their wishes. For the time being your wishes and desires should be put on the back burner until this matter is resolved.

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      Kathleen 3 years ago from Lansing MI

      Do you have a warrant out for you? I guess if your ill don't worry as I found out this morning. I witnessed something today that shocked me. One of my neighbors called the police on another neighbor for something he was accused of. When the police came to question the person about the crime he was being accused of, he stated that he had done nothing wrong and asked the officer to arrest the accused on a assault and battery to do great bodily harm warrant that was issued in 2011 on the accuser. The officer said he knew he had a warrant but it wasn't worth it to take him in because his health was bad. Being a person who has worked in the health field for 25yrs as a in-home nurse, I know what bad health is. I could not believe my ears. The officer shrugged it off and left. Since when does having any type of health issue dismiss a warrant? Shame on LPD

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I think that right now the jails are completely full, in my County they had to release people who couldn't pay outstanding fines and were not violent offenders. The Sheriff almost got himself into trouble because it was over capacity for more than 8 days.

      My biggest question is why? Why would someone stick their nose in someone else's business? Let me get this right, the neighbor did not commit a crime, but someone called the police just to question an outstanding warrant? It is quite possible the neighbor took care of it and kept it quiet.

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      Kathleen 3 years ago from Lansing MI

      WHY, I don't know. All I do know is this morning my neighbor went off on everyone, which he does regularly. He called the police to report that people were trying to break in his apartment and no, no one was. He is well known for his drug abuse. When the manager and police got here they started knocking on doors to try to figure out what was going on. When several people were in the hall, it was brought to the officers attention about his warrant. The police knew he had a warrant, they have been here before. There is NO Excuse!! We have all sorts of people in this world but the law is law. As far as being over capacity, what jail isn't.

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      Carrie 3 years ago

      My husband got pulled over tonight and the cops came to our apartment and told me that blue chip casino in lapotre county indiana put out a arrest warrant for a check for $300.00. And I haven't gotten anything from them but we also lost out house and my husband decided he wanted a divorce and had lost his job so we lost everything and then we found out I was pregnant so we just moved back in together after 4 months deprecated. And the cop told me to contact a lawyer being as it's the first time I've ever done anything wrong and have a clear record and I could lose my insurance licence and my job and the fact that I'm over 5 months pregnant and that a lawyer should be able to arrange everything so that I wouldn't have to go to jail being pregnant and the risk involved, and that all payments could be worked out with all of the situation that has happened and removed from my record? I'm sorry I'm am freaking out about this, and I was high risk with my first pregnancy so I am absolutely beyond worried with this now and a lawyer is so expensive what do I do? They all want 750-1000 up front and I don't have that.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      For the most part Judges do not want to put people behind bars, particularly if it's a first time offense. If you haven't already gotten an arraignment (sorry I was offline for 4 days due to a power outage) call the court to get one, then ask for a court appointed Attorney when you see the Judge. Remember your rights - "If you can't afford an Attorney one will be appointed for you". You do not automatically go to jail.

      The Judge will see your plight and if you are trying to make things right he/she should work with you. More than likely with a $300.00 check there will be charges not only to the casino but the banks as well so plan on having to pay back at least double the amount with court fines, fees and such. The City, County or State may also require that you pay back the fees for your Court appointed Attorney. In the end it will cost you a pretty penny but you should be able to make payment arraignments.

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      looking for advice 3 years ago

      I am just starting to get everything back on track I had court today but my gma had a fall and I couldn't make it to my court date as I am the only one here with her, so at this time I have court in a few hours so I called the clerk of courts to reschedule my court date she informed me that I need to call my public defender so I asked her to tell him bcuz he was there she said she would let him know but to still call him and leave a message so I did. a couple questions : will I need to bring anything to court to prove I had to help my grandmother? And if neither the clerk or my public defender has got ahold off me will I have a new warrant or will they inform me?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Any and all proof that you can provide, of the care of your grandmother should be gathered to show, should the need arise. You have to remember the people at the Court are lied to numerous times a day about any and everything, the smallest thing becomes the biggest thing. So if you can offer proof, do so.

      They are busy people, it will not be up to them to get a hold of you. You need to get a hold of them. Keep this in mind - It is YOUR life, it is what you make of it. It is up to YOU to take care of this so it doesn't snowball into something much worse.

      Best of Luck to you!

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      lookingfor advice 3 years ago

      @Sweetsusie I have tried they never told me anything about it and my public defender won't call back or answer the phone im asking straight up, can I get a warrant for not attending court even though I told the clerk of courts and left my public defender a message like the clerk informed me?

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      kerryw19717 3 years ago

      Please help! I have a bench warrant for a fta, and someone hit my car in the parking lot when I was shopping, they took off without trying to find me at all!! The insurance company asked me to get a police report to lower my deductible from 1000.00 to 250.00. will the police search for any warrants if I go in to get a report??

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I would have to say it all depends, on how busy they are at the time you go in. Is it in the same County? Keep in mind if the accident happened in the City Limits it is the City police you go to.. etc. I would advise getting it cleared up asap, before a minor traffic ticket ends in jail time.

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      bobby 3 years ago

      hi i have a bench warrant that i didnt know i had from 2008 for contempt involving some child support papers i was suppose to get taken care of in atlantic city.....i guess i was suppose to come back but i didnt know that.....now i got a bench warrant......and they came to my house this past febuary ....looking for me 1 in the morning....i have ajob and have been paying for the last 7 months ........will they keep going to that address or what am i to do....cause it seems like they wanna lock me up

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      LisaRaye 3 years ago

      Susie, you offer amazing advice...thank you. That being said, I have a question for you. I received a ticket for operating while revoked in WI. I made the original court date and had to sign a cash bond. Well, I have been battling an illness with my pancreas and missed the last court date. I was found guilty. I did not pay my ticket in the time allotted time, which resulted in a active bench warrant.

      I paid the original ticket two days ago in full. However, there is still an active bench warrant for me.

      I have since moved out of state to be with family who can help me with my illness and daily functions.

      My question is, how do I get this warrant "squashed"? Can it be as simple as contacting the county clerk and providing the paid receipt via email (my bf paid it at the court house in WI)? Is this something that I have to go in person to get resolved? I am over 600 miles away. Also, if the clerk is able to squash this warrant, will she be able to email me confirming that it has been squashed so I can have a copy for my records..? Basically, I would like to know if paying the ticket in full is enough to lift the warrant?

      I had to move rather abruptly for my health to be with family...will I get in trouble that I have not notified the court of my address change?..or can I explain that this all recently happened due to health reasons?

      Lastly, I sent an email to the case worker and county clerk yesterday explaining my situation, provided my paid receipt copy and health records that shows over 29 emergency room visits within the past year for my pancreas. I stated that I will be calling first thing Monday morning (if they are open for MLK, Jr day).

      Any advise you can provide regarding this matter is greatly appreciated. I have to move rather fast on this because I have to get fingerprinted soon for other reasons and I do not want this warrant to pop up.

      Thank you again for all of your service Susie...You Rock! :)

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I would think that paying the original fine is enough to get the warrant quashed. Make sure that you keep your receipt showing it is paid (for a full 6 months). It may take a week or so for everything to go into effect. As far as email, I am not sure - some Courts allow it, some don't - I believe it is up to the amount of technology that is available in that County. (Not everyone in the country is Internet savvy).

      You still may owe Court fines and costs - that will be up to the Court to decide, they may also decide to wave these since the fine has been paid. Again, it depends on the County and if they are hard up for cash. They get to make the rules.

      If at all possible be prepared to fax your receipt to the Court, they may require it. Each County is different with their requirements. They may see that there is no reason to hold you over or require you to come back.

      I'm sure that your email will do wonders for you!! Best of Luck and let me know how ti goes!!

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      kerryw19717 3 years ago

      Thank you Susie! I was able to get my insurance company to pay the claim without a report, due to a mistake they made.Thank you for your help!!! I plan on getting a Lawyer to see if they get this bench warrant squashed, and a new court date. I would turn myself in, but due to how slow the process is where I have to go it takes 24hrs and I am really scared tohave t to spend the night in jail!!! What do you think my chances are to get this squashed?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Before hiring a lawyer I'd first call and find out as much information as I could (your Atty will do the same) keep in mind they can't arrest you over the phone! I'm not sure what your fta is for, is it a violent crime? Is it a traffic ticket? Were you a witness to a crime? You see my dilemma? I cannot give you the correct advice without knowing any of the circumstances. If you owe money for a fine, more than likely they will work with you over the phone.

      I have testified in a hearing over the phone (I was a witness) as opposed to going to court. Sometimes a Judge will do a hearing via telephone, living in a different State would be good cause.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      @ Bobby - I'm so sorry I didn't get back with you sooner!! As far as them coming to your home - more than likely they will continue to do so now that they know where you live. Get busy and make your phone calls ASAP, let them know you are paying etc. find out what you need to do to get your warrant quashed. You may have to make an appt to see the Judge. If that is the case DO NOT miss that appt!!

      Child Support is an entirely different animal - one you do not want to mess with. Child Support Officials have zero problem with locking you up, causing you to lose your job, throwing you in jail even charging you with a Felony - thus preventing you from getting 'gainful employment'. They just don't care - period. As far as they see it, you have a child, you MUST pay for that child no ifs ands or buts... They are not lenient and truly seem not to have any compassion. I know of too many people who have suffered greatly at the hands of child support officials and a few who have gotten away scott free.. Personally if they say 'jump' I'd ask "How high?"

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      jane 3 years ago

      I have court in 3 days i have to owe 300 and have insurance in my name for 6 months but i dont havr any thing does any one know what will happen to me in court????

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I am assuming by you mentioning you have insurance that you received a ticket for driving without insurance? Since you got the ticket you have purchased insurance? I can tell you that I know of a person who did the same, the Judge let them off with a $25 fine. This was along time ago. But what I can tell you is by you getting it before going to court you are showing an initiative that the Court likes. Other than that, I don't imagine anything will happen to you. A fine, that is it.

      The Judge can use discretion on a lot of fines - hopefully in your case he will.

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      kerryw19717 3 years ago

      Hi Susie, again I thank you for your help!! The bench warrant is for a fta. I was pulled over and got tickets for driving without insurance and my license and tags were suspended because of not having insurance. I started out in district court but ended up I in circuit court because I misunderstood the judge.I went to circuit court but the judge rescheduled so I could get a public defender.I missed my next court date due to being ill and really forgot. My bench warrant says no bail no bond, not sure about that, or what it means.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      What the 'no bail, no bond' means is the Judge wants to have a 'face to face' with you and he is not going to accept anything less than that. Find out when they have arraignments in that Court, make an appt. to have one if at all possible. Call the clerk and explain that you have a bench warrant and would like to get the matter straightened out. If you have a job and your future employment hinges on staying out of jail, explain that. Try to get the matter taken care of over the phone as best as you can.

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      LisaRaye 3 years ago

      Thank you Susie. I found our more details about my issue by calling the Clerk and case worker. I have an active bench warrant for missing the court date..I was ill and could not make them but I informed the court prior that I was ill. So now they issued a warrant. It's for 500. 250 is for bond and the rest is fees. My question is, should I pay that now online before I go into court to turn myself in next week or should I wait to hear what the judge is going to do first. Now I hear the DA could issue a bond jumping charge...UGH. So if I sit in jail, how long could I be there before seeing a judge about the case? A few days..a month? And if I am sitting in jail waiting, does this go towards my sentence as time served? What is the worst outcome of this situation? I am just ready to get this over with and move on with my life.. I feel like I am on trial for murder... when this is only a driving on revoked....to seek medical treatment. I had a DUI a year ago which is why I'm revoked but nothing else ever on my record. Never have been in trouble before all this. Thanks for your advice. Either way, I will let you know what happens ....when I return from all of this. Thanks again sunshine :)

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Personally I would pay first, before going to see the Judge. It shows 'good faith'. When it is your turn you will explain to the Jude you are doing your best to get it taken care of, he will of course know that you haven't gotten into trouble since. Generally speaking, arraignments are held each day, unless it's the weekend or holiday then you have to wait in jail before seeing the Judge. Also any time that you sit in jail it usually counts toward any time that you may get.

      If you have taken steps to have your license reinstated bring that paperwork ie; classes etc.. Make sure you do not go alone!! The Judge may ask how you got there (yes, I have seen that happen!!) you then point to your friend and say they brought you. Obviously if you say you drove ... well your license is revoked... bam.. he's got ya!

      I will say the the main thing the Courts seem concerned with is money. As long as you pay they are happy. People are hard pressed to part with their income and when you shell out cold hard cash it tells the Judge you are serious about getting things right.

      I would think that provided you show up to Court (bring your receipt showing your payments) the DA may let you off lightly. They of course are going to tell you what they could do, should you back them in a corner. Provided you are respectful and do everything you are told, you probably won't suffer too greatly.

      Oh!! Make sure you "Yes, Sir - no, Sir, Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am" them!! It really goes along way when you show them respect.

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      kerryw19717 3 years ago

      Thanks again Susie! Have another question, When I turn myself in, how long do I stay in jail? And also since I don't have bail/bond, will I get out on my OR

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      Mavila 3 years ago

      I have a Bench warrant for failure to see My DUI counselor which I did not even know I had a court date in the first place so now I spoke to the court & they told Me My Bond is 100,000 which 10,000 of that has to Be paid which I can not afford to come up with I am gonna turn Myself in what will happen & I have an attorney going with Me to turn Myself in.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Well with a bond that high I am certain you will be spending some time in jail, make sure you get your affairs in order.. Shut off your cable, phone and anything that can build while you sit. You cannot do it from jail and unless you have someone else on your accounts no one else can do it for you. My son went to jail and his room-mate racked up some big bills and of course did not pay - I was unable to shut them off for him the companies would not let me even though I explain what was happening. So when it came time for him to get out of jail his credit was pretty much shot and he owed tons of money.

      Your lawyer will do all the talking so 'Yes, sir or Yes, Ma'am' maybe be all that you will be required to say. Whatever deal you may be given - make sure you keep up your end of the bargain.

      If you do have a job explain to the Court that you might lose it etc.. They will take your employment into consideration. Prepare your employer as well!!

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      ba 3 years ago

      Hope u can help....about a yr ago im received a speeding ticket in wa and was not ordered to show up in court. However I forgot about the ticket and it went unpaid, which suspended my license. I recently moved to florida and need to go through the process of getting my license back. Because of the unpaid ticket, would the state have issued a warrent for my arrest?

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      RJ Dixon 3 years ago

      Okay so I need some help and or advice here. The other night I was pulled over because there was an outstanding warrant out on my license plate. The warrant was not in my first name but rather in my middle name so when searched I could not find it. It was for driving on a suspended license in June which I was never given a situation for and also I had cleared all my tickets so my license was completely valid when pulled over just recently. So I was detained and asked if I would consent to a vehicle search and I said no. Well I was informed by them that they had the right to search the vehicle anyways because of the outstanding warrant. When searched the Police Officers found a small amount of narcotics and a gun which we came to an agreement that the weapon was left in the vehicle by a friend. These guys really helped me out with this situation but my question is, "With the warrant out in the name James Dixon rather than Ramey Dixon and also the fines had been paid in full and my license was completely valid on the day of the stop/arrest.... Did the officers have the right to search my vehicle without my consent? Also could all charges be dropped since this warrant was in the wrong name and my license had been reinstated?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      More than likely when you get in front of the Judge and you explain that the warrant was improperly issued ie; name etc.. The Judge will want to look at it and the charges might be dropped. As far as searching your vehicle - under certain circumstances, yes they can. You had a warrant for your arrest - therefore that gives them license to do so.

      Make sure that when you see the Judge you have receipts of your paid fines.

      Because it was all a mistake any new charges you may have may be dropped as well. In the future keep in mind that now you have a 'prior', warrants are not always deemed necessary. Because your vehicle is in the 'public' and could be considered dangerous, searches may be performed at any given time without a warrant.

      Also, if all charges are dropped, go directly to the clerk and get a receipt showing that everything is clear and keep that on your person at all times, for at least a year. Those offices get bogged down and sometimes things slip thru the cracks, as you can attest to!!

      I deleted your info for your protection

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      More than likely yes, there will be a 'State issued' warrant. I can't see them hauling you all the way back for a speeding ticket. But more than likely you can take care of it over the phone.

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      patrick komakech 3 years ago

      pleas help asap i got a 12 month good behaverer bond and i got drank on Sunday i mean like drunk that i cant even remember what happen on the day. i found myself at the police station lock up they said i hit someone and i tryed to rob him i know i got a drinking problem, the last time i was in court the judge said if i end up in hes court room again i will get a bad record and might end up in jail. am scared to go to jail i feel like running away before my court day and change state what will happen if i do. if there anyways i can get out of this problem how about rehabbed.

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      Susie, I want to ask you a question (even though this is embarrassing as ever). Anyway, I was arrested on December 26th, 2013 for a warrant. I was drinking on December 20th. My fiance and I decided to enter another bar before going home. We had one beer and then left. My jacket had gotten stuck in the door (of course none saw it happen besides my fiance). Somehow I ended up slamming the door twice. I didn't mean for it to initially happen. Well, I can't say if he was the owner or just a bar tender (which he wasn't bartender that night), he and some other people came out after we had walked out and started home. He had approached, started yelling and demanding who slammed the door. I told him that I did and I didn't mean to. He started to get more and more upset. Then my fiance pushed me aside because he doesn't like any male yelling at me. They got in each other's faces. I was scared, felt provoked, threatened by verbal abuse (because he was yelling and being very rude). Of course I was intoxicated, became immediately scared and my body language took over me and I hit the guy in his face twice. My fiance was being provoked to hit him in the face (the guy told him at least three or four times to hit him in the face and my fiance wouldn't do it). Stupid me, the cops were called. I knew one of the policemen. He asked the guy what had happened then came to me (one of the guy's friends took me aside and walked me the other direction after I had hit him and I went without causing any further problems and also told him that I really didn't mean to hit his friend). The cop asked me if I had hit him, I told the truth and simply said that it went from there. The 26th came and I had a warrant out for me, I was never arrested that night on the 20th. I went with the policemen, got booked and left the same night. Had a bail bond for $1,500 didn't have to pay it as long as someone was able to come get me. This is my first initial offense (it was listed as a misdemeanor). I have a 2 year old son. I wasn't in my right mind (simply put that night). I am not a violent person. I trully didn't want to do what I did, but it happened and I cant take it back. What I want to know is since my fiance was my witness (because the guy has two of them that is what I was told), I believe I should have him come with me to see my attorney. They had to reschedule the pre-trial due to me not getting my attorney yet (which I wasn't even going in those court doors till I had one). The judge said that I could facing up to one year in jail. I don't want that to happen. My mother told me that as long as I'm nice, respectful to the court and esp. the judge and tell the truth, then I shouldn't get anything worse then a fine to pay (which is completely fine with me I did it, I take full responsibility and will never have stupid attacks ever again!) I live in WV in Marshall county. I don't know if you know anything about this county or be able to provide me feedback about this. I am just worried and I constantly think for the worst. I can't be thrown in jail I have a son to raise, he needs me and I would seriously die if I got sentenced and had to leave my son for a while. If you have any information for me Susie, I would be so appreciative of it! Thank you dear!

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Listen to your Mother. No one can say for certain what will or will not happen, it's all up to the presiding Judge. If you are respectful and tell the truth and own up to your mistake, more than likely you will get a fine and that's it. When they say 'face up to a year in jail' that is the maximum that you can get.

      If you choose you can prepare for the worst which would be signing over guardianship of your son (to your mother or whoever) get it notarized to make it legal. I do not foreseeing that happening, since this is your first bout of trouble.

      Ask your Attorney about your witnesses - regardless if it is your fiance or not. You can also let your Atty know that it is possible 'his' witnesses can vouch for you as well. Discuss it all with your attorney, he is working for you and will do his best for you.

      Make sure you list all of your positive attributes to your Attorney so he can tell the Judge ie; job, good mother, schooling if you have sought any counseling (not saying you need it!!) or any steps you have taken to ensure this doesn't happen again (The Judge may want to know)..

      Best of Luck to you!! And listen to your Mother and your Attorney!!

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Honestly, I don't know what to say or what will happen. I've debated on writing back because I've had to bite my tongue in response. You are telling me that you are on bond, yet you got so drunk you found yourself in the drunk tank at the police station not remembering what happened and have been informed that you assaulted someone and attempted to rob them? It is my personal opinion that rehab is not going to do you any good, not until you are ready to stop this behavior. Doing rehab just to get out of trouble does no one any good.

      If you leave the state you can guarantee your trouble is doubled or tripled and will do serious prison time. If you are given jail time - do it, quit your whining, take your punishment for stupid behavior. You know exactly what you are doing wrong, only you can correct your behavior.

      I'm sorry I don't have better news for you but in this life a little common sense goes a long way.

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      molly 3 years ago

      I was I have a warrent. Its been over 2 yrs since I was on probation. But I was kicked out my apartment in all my paperwork was thrown away. Every time I went to see my po she was in court are left early for that day. I didn't have a car. I seen her many other tines our kids played sports together. What should I do

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      I'm also from Michigan. My bf had a court date for child.support that he missed almost a year ago that he forgot about but obviously the judge issued a bench warrant. we moved out of Kent county and into Wayne. he was pulled over and got a ticket for driving on a suspended license. they then arrested him for his bench warrant. but because Wayne county is full ( you.being from Michigan can understand that Wayne county aka Detroit is full) they couldn't hold him for 24hr until Kent county could pick him up and let him go. they did however give him a court date for his ticket driving on a suspended license for Wayne county. when he goes to court, what are the odds Kent county will come and arrest him at his court date?'thanks I'm really scared, he just got a new job so he can start paying his child support but if he's locked up obviously that can't happen!!'

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      @ molly - well I guess I would start by calling your po. You may not even have a warrant. Begin there.

      @ Amanda - Do your very best to take care of the warrant. Make phone calls be prepared to make payments. Kent County is pretty full as well, though they have built on to their jail to make it larger. Make payments!!! He will have to make the child support phone call, the more than likely will not talk to you. I could never talk to my husbands child support person even though it was me who wrote the checks.

      Phone calls - phone calls - phone calls!! If they don't talk to you they will assume you refuse to pay and put out a warrant. Keep in good communication!!

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      Jay Oz 3 years ago

      Good Grief, is there an American NOT in trouble with the law? What a crazy thread.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Jay -your question has merit and I will give you the absolute BEST answer I can. I was always told "It's easier to stay out of trouble than find ways to get out of trouble" in turn I told this to my children. It's not quite so true anymore. There is an old saying "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" when the gov't makes 15,000 new laws yearly and most police officers don't even know these new laws themselves, how does one go about staying abreast of the law?

      To answer your question - in America to earn a criminal record all one needs is someone else to file a complaint - with or without merit on it's own against someone and a police officer who is not allowed (or refuses) to use common sense and then again one of the 95% (documented) of crooked Prosecutors within the country willing to put you in front of a Judge. Then you have a backlogged Judge who sits on the bench everyday listening to people claim innocence when 95% are guilty of 'something' and don't tell the whole truth (omission of the truth is still a lie and when things don't seem quite right, Judges can smell it) . Viola` you have it, the recipe for a criminal record.

      I am of the opinion that our Gov't wants it's people to have a criminal record so they can keep track of us better. If we have felonies we are unable to obtain firearms.

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      Rem 3 years ago

      You have answered questions familiar to this but, I recently got a bench warrant for failure to appear. The case is for a suspended license in another state for a ticket I haven't fully paid off. Any suggestions?

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Well the best thing I can say is 'pay it off' as quick as you can. If at all possible call and make payment arrangements then stick to them faithfully. Once your ticket is paid off then you can call and discuss your bench warrant. Depending on the size of the County paying it off as quick as you can may just quash the warrant - check to make sure. The phone is your friend!!! Utilize it in circumstances like these!!

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      I have a bench warrant for not paying a restitution fine and probation fines. It's for a felony embezzlement charge 2011. I couldn't pay because i haven't been able to find a job. I just started cleaning houses to make some extra money but found out i have a bench warrant today. I'm really scared and don't know what to do or what will happen. I called my attorney that helped me but haven't heard back from him. Will i have to go to jail since i haven't paid anything? I made a few payments but then couldn't pay anything. My balance is large will the judge want me to pay it in full? Please help.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Your best bet is to wait to panic until after you've spoken with your lawyer. Your's appears to be a non-violent crime so most Judges agree that your time is better spent attempting to make restoration. I am not sure what the Judge will say - but if he gives you a break on this and allows you to begin payments, I'd suggest eating ramen noodles until it's paid off.

      Call your attorney again, call the court clerk, make phone calls until you get it resolved!! Best of luck to you!

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      Ro 3 years ago from Midwest

      I need to dispel, if not clarify a few statements made on this Hub. I was a Probation Officer for many years. There were many of my people that had Bench Warrants issued in their name. In all states, in all circuits, it is the responsibility of the defendants/participants in court cases to alert the Circuit Clerk’s Office or the States Attorney’s Office, a change of address. I can’t imagine the manpower and time that would be required to look up each individual named in a court case, top that with the millions that no longer have a land line phone- the white pages are meaningless- the internet providing limited access, etc. etc. In your case you owed a bill that you were unaware. Someone, I assume, sent it through collections and then eventually, the court system. You were unaware of such a fee. I can well understand that as do the courts. As far as being on your record forever, that is a little misconstrued. You may have to answer to a lender for a bank loan but as far as an employer during an application process-no. You have no convictions.

      I do agree with you that the Judge is oftentimes lenient. On a Rule to Show Cause, he simply wants for you to show cause why you shouldn’t be held in contempt for failure to appear or pay. I had escorted some of my guys(gals) up to the judge myself. If money was due- they paid it; If it was a missed court date-he continued it; if it was a violation of probation,he set a new court date. I would suggest that anyone with a bench warrant, go directly to the circuit clerk’s office to pay outstanding court costs or fines, if it is not a money issue- get a hold of the judge’s secretary and ask for a court appointment. I can’t count the times the judge quashed the warrant (pulled it) and gave the individual a new court date. It’s all about communication. Sadly to say, it can oftentimes be prevented if only the individual had kept the courts apprised of their address.

      Of course, you will want to deal with this during courthouse hours, if you are indeed arrested after hours, you may very well have to be processed in the county jail. But this DOES NOT mean DNA contributions as mentioned in this Hub, that is a whole different ball game in a different league. You will be fingerprinted. As far as interstate arrests, it’s a crap shoot. Meaning, some may be able to pull up the warrant-other’s not so much. Than you have to understand the cost for extradition. If you are living in California and your issuing state is Indiana, you owe court costs and fines? No state would pay for the extradition. However, if you are trying to get a state I.D. or passport? Resolve the matter.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Actually it was a bill to the Court directly - from when my son was young. I had turned him in for bad behavior and was on probation, those fees were waived (or so I had thought from what the Judge said).

      As far as the taking of DNA as well as fingerprint - I'm certain we aren't too far away from that. (I believe the DNA contributions you referred to were in the comments - rather than the Hub itself). IF you are convicted of a Felony your DNA is now taken - but you first MUST be convicted.

      From what I have understood (talking to police officers) when your name is run through their data base - Say for instance you were picked up for a heinous crime, even if you were never officially charged, that you were picked up will always remain attached to your name.

      Communication - Yes!! That is what is most important when dealing with the court system! They are not mind readers and need to know what is going on.

      Being a Probation Officer is a very tough job and for you to come away from it not being jaded sure says a lot about your character!! Excellent!

      Thanks for stopping by and helping to clarify.

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      Aaron 3 years ago

      Hi I had a dui and took care of it I live in Ohio but got it in West Virginia I went back to court after 6 months and didn't have all the money that I owed, then they told me to be back in court 4 days later and I didn't show because I didn't have the money and had 30 days over my head it's been 3 years and I just wanna take care of this I never had to see a probation officer though and the fine is 600 dollars if I walk in i'm afraid that I will have to do the 30 days plus whatever for missing court I can't afford to go to jail with a baby on the way!! I seen call a judge but they have 4 and I don't wanna talk to one and then see another and get screwed in court

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      In order to find out the name of your Judge you call the Clerks office, they should have his/her name in your file. Generally you don't have to have a number just your first middle and last name along with the approximate date of the infraction.

      There may be interest attached to the original $600.00 so it may be more. (Sorry to be the bearer bad news) Just call the clerk, find out how much and let him/her know when it will be paid. Some now do it over the phone, others still require paper check or money order.

      The best of luck to you! Remember the clerk is your friend!!

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      Ro 3 years ago from Midwest

      I'm sorry, yes I did reference DNA from a comment rather than the Hub and should have clarified. As far as your son's court fees, your judge may very well have waived the fine but he could not-legally, waive court costs. That might have been the problem. As far as the police data bank. Yes, they may know you were picked up for whatever, but that arrest- if not lead to a conviction, can NOT be used against you. There is no court in the land that will ever lend weight toward an arrest minus a disposition of conviction or court supervision. Make sure you are represented in court.

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Within the last couple of years I have spent a great deal of time in a Court room - more than I ever imagined I would! I do find the legal process quite interesting to say the least. For the most part it is very cut and dried, no one case is more prevalent than any other.

      As far as the last part of your comment - regarding being picked up and questioned for a crime, yet no charges were filed nor was their any conviction. I have seen it first hand being used against a person in Court!! Yep, sure did! Prosecution brought it up during a trial, defense asked "Was my client convicted of this?" Well of course the answer was "No" but the jury still got to hear it. Of course the Judge said "Strike that and told the Jury to disregard" but it was still out there.

      It is amazing the amount of (dare I use this word) 'cheating' that goes on in a court room.... that a Judge will allow. One of these days I may actually get to see a totally 'fair' trial.

      I actually heard (and still hope it is on record somewhere) a Judge say "Because you wanted a trial and forced these people to testify I'm going above and beyond the normal sentencing guidelines...." Yes of course the Defense Attorney piped up with "Your Honor - as far as I know in this Country it is still every persons right to request a trial when they stand accused and not be punished for doing so." the Judge of course did a little back tracking with the comments... This was during the sentencing phase.

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      Sabrina 3 years ago

      So.. I have been informed by a stalker mon that I have 4 larsony charges. However the woman that it has to do with is legally bound not to press charges. So it has to be the state, right? And it's a felony?!!? So I have to get a lawyer... But I'm broker than the joker, so what do I do? I know one can be appointed to me. My friend has told me that the police showed up at their house looking for me, but it's just one warrant for 4 counts. I have a job, do I let them know? I live in OK, if it matters. Will I go to jail if I see the judge without an attorney? I know I have to see him before noon Thursday or Friday to set up apt on same day. Should I save up money before I do that? What should I expect? I'm scared. I'm 19, F and why would state press charges if the woman dropped them? HELP!!!

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, it sounds like the State is the one picking up the charges, they do that from time to time. Learn your rights and remember them. Yes, one can be appointed for you and you may still have to make payments to them.

      Generally no, you probably won't go to jail on the first time seeing the Judge - and no the Judge will not put you in jail for not having an Attorney. He will appoint one for you. You will have to fill out paperwork after seeing the Judge, so they can determine if you can afford one.

      Make your appointment and go to it. You may want to let your employer know what is going on.

      There is only 1 way to resolve this and that is to face the Judge. You can talk to your Attorney after one has been appointed and he/she will tell you what to expect - but you first must ASK what to expect. The Prosecution may offer you a deal for a plea. What that means is if you plead 'No contest' (Nolo Contedere) he/she will charge you with something more minor. Which means you will not ask for an appeal or don't contest the charges - accepting what they give you. You can hope for (also ask) that the charges be dropped to a misdemeanor rather than a Felony.

      Breathe... Right now this seems like the end of the world, it is not. It is a slight bump in the road. Best of Luck to you!!

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      VIC 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Ok, so a letter was sent to an address that i dont live at but i set up service for internet for my friend there so i think thats how they got my friends address anyways..... i had never been in trouble my whole life and well let me make a long story short i got divorced in 2007 my ex was ordered to pay child support he paid whenever he felt like it ... i lost my job do to health issues i had a bad accident and was unable to perform at work so i was facing really hard times i begged for him to pay or even send me food for our kids and nothing on one of the visits the kids brought home two watches and in desperation i went and pawned them so he apparently found out and made this big story up on that i broke into the house and stole all this crap my kids are now older and less scared of him and they know and remember the truth anyways i was arrested for theft i went to court and it was rescheduled i went again and it was rescheduled but they did not give me a date they aid someone from the public defnders office would get a hold of me i called a few times and pretty much gave up here we are about 6 yeas later and the letter that was recvd was stating i have a warrant and need to turn myself in or risk getting pulled over one day and hauled of the thing is i live in WI and this was in florida will they come searching for me or do i have time to get money together to get back there or is there something i can do from here to get a new court date i have been sick for days over this I have never been in any trouble my marriage consisted of major domestic violence verbal physical you name it he has arrest records from battery domestic violence solicit prostitue, theft and he had some of this before we got married with previous wife i just didnt know he is evil and wants nothing but to see me miserable since the divorce i havent lived in FL for a few years please help..... i called the sherrifs office they said i have to go there also the letter says i have a 2,000 bond

      ALSO I HAVE NOT WORKED SINCE MY SEPARATION FROM MY LAST JOB I HAVE ALOT OF PHYSICAL ISSUES I HAVE A HARD TIME STANDING AND WALKING DO THEY EVEN TAKE MY PHYSICAL STATE INTO CONSIDERATION? MY KIDS ALSO WANT TO WRITE THE JUDGE A LETTER STATING THE FACTS OF WHAT HAPPENED WILL THAT HELP?? IT SAY MORE THAN 300 LESS THAT 20,000 AND I GOT LIKE 80-90 BUCKS FOR BOTH WATCHES DO U THINK I WILL DO TIME? god as my witness i never broke into or went and grabbed anything my kids brought them home i was stupid and desperate and went and pawned them..... :(

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      In this matter I would think that a phone call to a local Attorney would help resolve this. I'm not certain by any means but like 'Irish Shrew' (above) says, it is very costly to extradite a person from State to State.

      Remember 1 thing above all - The Prosecution must be able to prove that you were in the wrong. It's his word against your's without a preponderance of evidence. With your children to back you up in your story I can't imagine them going forward with this.

      Do yourself a favor - look in your phone book and call an Attorney that offers free consultation. Take those free 15 minutes and use them the best way you can. State the problem, state the facts, and then listen to his/her advice. I wish you the best of luck!!

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      VIC 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      thanks bunches.... do you think i need to keep looking thru the windows in fear or do you think i should have at least a month to come up with Lawyer money?? I ask because I honestly have not been able to sleep or much less keep anything down.. they dropped off the paper and didnt even knock at her door they just put it in the box and its from Florida its not a letter from WI? And I will definitely be calling first thing in the AM to find a lawyer!! Again thank you for your advice!!

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Boy, I have no answer to that question. I'm thinking that someone did not come from Florida, Florida hired someone from WI. Will they have the authority to arrest you? That I have no idea.

      What kind of letter was it? Was it Court papers? If you have a scanner, I'd sure like to see that letter. Keep in mind that I am not an Attorney but I do have an Attorney friend.

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      VIC 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      And no its from the sherrifs office in Fl Not the court and it was an actual sherriff that went and just left it in her box and didnt knock she happened to be parking on the street and saw him .

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      Here is a place to start your check and see if it's valid. That is my main concern... There are so many hoaxes out there!! Go there, type in you last name, and see if you are on the list.

      http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/person/displayWant...

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      VIC 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      unfortunate for me it is... ;( What it looks like is the received it here and they came and dropped it to the address on the letter... whats strange is they delivered it and never even knocked they just placed it in a box and left ... Kinda like if you live then you have been advised.. The officer that came didn't even bother to ask if it was my address. So my biggest fear is will i have a little time to come up with lawyer and travel money I was reading posts and some I have read from actual lawyers state in a case like this where there is a FTA they can ask for the warrant to be lifted and have a new court date set .. How do you feel about writing a judge do you think it is worth a shot for me and include the letter from my kids and explain my dilemma of how i have lived i a different state and my financial and physical situation im sorry to bombard you with so many questions... i am kinda freaking out

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I think writing to the Judge would be a very good idea. It is best to open a line of communication with the Court, at least to let them know that you are not ignoring the letter and you wish to resolve this problem.

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      VIC 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      will do ... i am also starting my calls as we speak to try to get a consultation.. thanks for your advice. Have a blessed day!

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      VIC 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hello, I wanted to follow up and let yo know what i found out... I spoke to a attorney. He let me know I have a couple of options..

      A) go to to the state the Bench Warrant is from and turn myself in and bond back out (that was an obvious)

      B) retain a lawyer and try to strike a deal with the prosecutors office for a lesser charge they mail me the paperwork I sign it and the case goes away (granted we would have to have a prosecutor willing to negotiate )

      (C) if the prosecutor does not want to deal ask the judge to work out something ... ( i am praying its all this simple and have faith)

      As far as the warrant stay out of trouble ( i am almost 40 and have never gotten in trouble a day in my life til now) ..., don't get pulled over and avoid contact with law should be fine hence giving me time to pay lawyer to work on case.. He pretty much advised that unless its a violent crime or something really serious they will not pay to extradite so it comes down to pretty much everything you said and have said to others this site was useful I will check back once my situation is taken care of thanks so much for having this hub it helped ALOT...!!!

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      Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

      I am glad that my hub was helpful! Maybe finding out what you have will help ease your mind, even if just a bit. I'm certain it will all work out for you.

      Best of Luck and let me know how it goes!!

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      cjg 2 years ago

      I have a warrant for unpaid OAS fine. I paid 200 of 600. Its been about 5 months since I've had a chance to give the courts money. If I call the court do you think they will take the warrant away if u promise to ad hear to there payment plan this time?

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      Sweetsusieg 2 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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      Stefanie Nicgorski 2 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 2 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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      Rebecca Mikulin 2 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 2 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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      Stefanie Nicgorski 2 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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      Stefanie Nicgorski 2 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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      Sweetsusieg 2 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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      Jenny 2 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 2 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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      anonymous 2 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 2 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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      2 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 2 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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      David Livermore 2 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 2 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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      Ro 2 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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      worried 2 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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      Sweetsusieg 2 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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      will 2 years ago

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

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      Michael 24 months 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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      Sweetsusieg 24 months 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 24 months ago

      Thanks

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      Larry 14 months 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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      Sweetsusieg 14 months 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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      Amy 11 months 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 11 months 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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      Josh frazier 10 months 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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      Josh frazier 10 months ago

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

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      Sweetsusieg 10 months 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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      Fran 8 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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      mike 7 months ago

      have a bench warrant dont sweat it. I had a public indecency charge and a disorderly conduct where I was super drunk punched something hurt my hand my gf called the ambulance I went to the hospital denied treatment and urinated on the hospital in front of the camera while flipping it the middle finger. yes I know the main reason i do not drink alcohol anymore I learned all my arrests were from alcohol or related to it this was in another county which I went to court was ordered to pay 550 dolars and write an apology to the hospital not my first charge i have over 15 charges in my county a felony I have been locked up for 6 months 4 months and alot of 60 and 30 days 10 days 5 3 shit like that a bench warrant aint shit i been to jail and they said he has a bench warrant in middletown oh well released me. Middletown actually dove here 1 time its a 45 minute drive I didnt answer of course keep on knockin but u cant come in anyways i paid over 400 of it then ran out of cash i have 1 135 dollar balance fucking greedy assholes i was mailing 20 a week once i stopped i am not allowed to mail it now i must send someone or go pay it myself this was 2009 its 2016 anyways im gonna send someone to pay it cuz i dont feel like sitting in that underground shit jail yes no windows until i see the hick judge fuck em no more middletown for me boo hoo

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      Marx 7 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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      Joe 6 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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      Sweetsusieg 6 months ago

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

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      Candy 5 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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      Sweetsusieg 5 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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      Joseph 4 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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      Sweetsusieg 4 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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      Dana 3 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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      Jesse 3 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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      Sweetsusieg 3 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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      Dana again (from 2 posts up) 3 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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      Kind of weird 3 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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      Sweetsusieg 3 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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      Dana 3 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 3 months ago

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

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      Jessica 2 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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      Andrew Esteves 8 weeks 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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      Chris G 7 weeks 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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      T Funk 5 weeks 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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      Sweetsusieg 5 weeks 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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