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okay, so let me ask you a few things
in 1992, you were charged? did you ever go to court? was there a warrant for you that you are now trying to clear up?
I was at a party and the police came and gave me a ticket. I was a kid and I didnt want my parents to know about this so I didnt pay for it (foolish me), I didnt go to court and I eventually left the state after I was done with my schooling in that area. There is a warrant now because I didnt appear in court. It a Failure to Appear Warrant. From speaking with someone over the phone at the courthouse they seem like I will just pay the bond, and the bond will cover the fine and I will be done after the "over the phone" hearing. I am sure this is a common thing that happens, but I am just concerned with what is going to happen at the hearing.
you don't want the conviction. now, you really should consider consulting with a local attorney who could work to have the warrant quashed and the matter dismissed. i mean, this was 17 years ago and such a minor offense. holy cow. there is no need for you to take a conviction on that. if you follow through with what you were told you will have a record. the only reason the warrant was issued is because you failed to appear. so, if you have since had no convictions and have become a productive citizen you need to have the warrant quashed and dismissed.
if you want, contact the AZ Bar Association for a referral service - this link for contact information