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-Could you explain your situation a little more?What type of case was this?
Were you subpoenaed as a witness or were you the defendant?
Were you ever served or do you not have any recollection?
How were you supposedly served?
Dear XXXXXKIMPEL - The best thing to do whenever there is a warrant outstanding is to appear when court is in session. If the offense is simply a failure to appear and you appear on your own then most judges are not going to do anything to you. The problem I'm having is that I don't know what the underlying reason was for you to appear. This could be anything from a parking ticket to a serious offense so unless the clerk of court will tell you what it is you were supposed to appear for I would strongly suggest that you seek legal counsel in Martinsburg to check this out before you make an appearance.
If you find from the clerk that this was some minor offense then you can go to the court while it is in session and explain to the judge that you just found out about this and want to clear it up. You should not any statements about the case and you can enter a plea of not guilty depending on what the charges may be. The clerks office can tell you when the court will be in session and they should be able to tell you the reason for which you were to appear in the first place.
I agree completely but since neither of us know what this concerns I have to use caution when offering information. I suspect this is something very minor so I wouldn't worry too much but I still think it is important to try to find out exactly what the underlying cause was for the court appearance before you show up in court. The fact that you have been a good citizen really is not relevant as to what may be the cause for which you were to appear. As you said, it could all be some mistake of identity. There's just no way I have of knowing what the may be.
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