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It is always advisable to have an attorney when you turn yourself in - this is so they can help negoiate a bail. However, in this matter it is a bench warrant issued due to his failure to follow a direct court order where a bail is not established - the issuing judge will determine whether to impose the original sentence which was suspended when he was given the community service option.
It would be advisable to have an attorney available at that hearing so that he can help articulate why your son did not complete the service that the judge so generously allowed in lieu of a jail sentence. Perhaps, based on the reasoning and the nature of the crime the judge will allow him one more opportunity. One never knows. But certainly an attorney would be most beneficial at that point.
Best to you and your son,
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