There is a bench warrant for our son, age 24, for ignoring a court date for a drunk and disorderly conduct charge in Centreville, MD. He wishes to return to Centreville and clear up this matter. We would like to know what will likely happen when he returns to the Centreville police station and to court. Should he have legal representation? He presently lives and works in Lexington Kentucky and wants to clear his record by taking care of this matter.
The filing date for this charge was 8/26/07 in Queen Annes County Circuit Court. Our son left the area and did not appear in court. He has not been back to Centreville since the arrest for drunk and disorderly conduct. He knows that a warrent has been issued for his arrest. He would like to return and get this matter cleared up as quickly as possible so that he will not lose his job in Lexington. Can this be done without going to jail? He realizes that he will need to pay a fine but would like to avoid jail time. How much can he expect the fine to be? Will there be additional charges due to failure to appear in court? He has not contacted a lawyer. We need to know if he can clear this matter up without an attorney since he has limited funds? His case number XX XXXXXXXXXX. Thank you!
He should show up during the week, ideally on a Monday or Tuesday, so that when he is arrested he can make bond the same or next day.
He should make arrangements to post bond. It may be that the judge will allow him released on his own recognizance, but it is better to be prepared.
He should seek local counsel (a MD attorney) that can assist with this case. Again, it would be best if he can arrange this prior to turning himself in.
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