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I forgot to appear in court and now they issued a warrent for my arrest?

A:  I think your best bet is to just go there - bring a toothbrush and some PJs! Talk to a lawyer first to see what your options are. You just forgot! I doubt they''ll give you the firing squad if you honestly show up and say you''ll do what they want. PS: Don''t show up loaded or with drugs in your blood! It just really depends... In most cases it is best to take a plea bargain most of the time it will be with out jail time maybe probation etc... Just really depends on your crime. It doesnt help that you havent showed up to court twice It depends on what the crime was. If it was just a fine you will have to pay the fine and costs and they will add a judgement. If it''s more like a criminal case you will have it added on to your...

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My children''s father is a registered sex offender, and was awarded supervised visitation in May 2009. He paid for two visits in July 2009. As of September 25, he has three warrants out for his arrest and is considered an absconder. He is running from authorities. I would like to make the family court aware of the situation and change the supervised visitation that was awarded in May 2009. What steps should I take? How do I Petition the court for a status conference?

A:  If a parent wants to modify a prior custody decree on their own, the forms and informational pamphlets are available either online or through the self service centers at the courts. Not all courts have self service centers. However, you may want to contact your local family court to see if there is a self service center there. Maricopa County, Pima County and Coconino County have forms and information on child custody arrangements online. The self service centers may be able to give you additional information. Title 25 of the Arizona Revised Statutes contain the laws pertaining to family law.  The child custody and visitation statutes start with A.R.S. §...

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If I missed a court date and a bench warrant was issued, will I automatically go to jail?

A:  Yes, you should definitely speak with an attorney as soon as you can.  Bench warrants are not generally actively pursued.  People are usually ''caught'' when they are stopped for a traffic infraction or other like offense and the police run their name or driver''s license number and the warrant pops up.  You could voluntarily turn yourself in before you are hauled in in cuffs.  But I would have an attorney smooth things out for you before you go.  He or she could talk to the prosecutor and try and make a deal ahead of time and before you have to appear before the judge.  This way everyone is on the same page.  The Judge does not have to accept any prio deals made but if the prosecutor is in agreement then...

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Can a court throw out a felony warrant?

A:  On One Hand: A felony warrant issued with probable causeBefore a felony warrant is issued in the first place, a judge reviews an affidavit submitted by a law-enforcement officer. The reviewing judge determines whether the affidavit demonstrates the existence of probable cause sufficient to issue a felony warrant....

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A house was raided while no one was home. No copy of search warrant was left at residence and the courts "can''t find" the warrant. So, no one has seen the search warrant yet the man is still in jail. How long can a person be held in jail without warrant?

A:  Forty-eight hours, generally - unless the search revealed evidence that occupants were involved in a crime. Then the persons must be charged during an arraignment and either jailed or released on bail. If you are a Muslim living in Florida, you can spend up to six months in prison without formal charges, thanks to homeland security laws enacted during the Bush Administration. Longer if there are weapons charges involved or alleged connection to terrorist organizations. The house is in Florida. I have as many facts as the authorities will give me. But of course they have lost/misplaced everything so this is all I have to go on. The only way that they knew who had broke the door down, was an empty evidence bag on the bed. Sounds totally illegal - my guess is that you...

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My cousin is in jail and recieved a court order to pay child support after he was arrested for a different crime is he still obligated to pay even though his locked up with no income? What should he do?

A:  Yes. You have a duty to support your kids even if you break the law....

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Will not showing up to your court date or a traffic warrant show up on your employment background check?

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I was arrested ten years ago on a criminal complaint that went nowhere, the charges where dropped, I never spent any time in jail. In fact on my court date no one showed up. I want the arrest expunged from my record. The arrest occurred in New York City, Manhattan to be exact. How do I go about doing this?

A:  You need to hire a criminal defense attorney who practices in New York. I suggest you repost this to criminal defense attorneys in New York City....

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I bailed my boyfriend out of jail in March of this year. He made all of his court dates but he missed a court date last month. Now he disappeared and refuses to turn himself in. I had used a bondsmen and given them a check as collateral, dated back in March. However, that bank account is no longer open. The bail bondsmen says that if my boyfriend doesnt turn himself in, they are going to put a warrant out for my arrest on a felony bad check charge. Can they do that? And if so, what can I do to avoid going to jail?

A:  Independently, not because of, your boyfriend''s fugitive status, they can prosecute you for issuing a bad check. Probably a misdemeanor, but certain facts may require it to be a felony. I suggest your boyfriend turn himself in and you need to make money arrangments for his bond....

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I got in trouble last year for driving on a suspended license. The court ordered me to pay some pretty hefty fine (like around the tune of 2100 dollars) and also put me on informal probation. I started a payment plan with the collections office at the court house but I failed to make payments for two months because I lost my job and had no money what-so-ever. Now I have a bench warrant out for my arrest (I found out by checking the Orange County Sheriff''s Department website).A very good friend of mine is willing to give me (GIVE not loan, very good friend) the money I need to pay off the fine. Is it possible for me to set up a time to see the judge in court and pay off the fine without having to do any jail time?Also, I want to join the navy, but the informal probation is standing in my way. Is it possible to petition the court to drop my informal probation so I can join? And will it be possible to ask this of the court while I''m there taking care of this bench warrant/fine? Thank you.

A:  Yes, to your questions. It is possible, but not assured. With full payment, you will be able to clear the warrant, and probably convince the judge not to jail you. With documented evidence of intent to enlist, the judge MAY be willing to shorten the probation to allow that. Your burden will be in getting something from the recruiter to prove your commitment, like signed papers, etc. Your word will not count. If serious about hiring legal counsel to help in this, feel free to contact me....