i have a fourth degree assult when i was 17 years old. i slugged my mother for all the abuse she made me go through for six long and hard years. i was put in juvy and was then put through treatment for depression and PTSD for about ten and a half months. when i was in treatment i missed a court date because they did not contact them to get me to court. i am now 19 years old and am still paying for my crime. there is a warrant for me. i have no car and could not get to court due getting lost on the bus system. they will not give me another chance and want to lock me up. do i turn myself in again and risk my mental health for suicid. my mother ruined me once, will the state ruin me again. i have gone through so much, i think of tring to commit suicid again, just thinking of jail. what should i do. i feel like i am paying my mothers crime because i had no self esteem to stand up for myself. and i still don't want to face my past, with it i have night mares and flash backs of something i wanted to stop.
State/Country relating to question: Washington
i wanted to go to court last week, i gave my self three hours to travel on the bus to get there that should have only taken about one hour. i knew that i easiely get lost, even though i had those two extra hours to get to everet from seattle, i never made it, due to my limitation of bus knowlege. they are sick of me not showing up in court. i want to pay for my crime. but with always getting lost and more lost the harder i try, the more i feel like i am a badder person than i was born to be.
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I can't speak to your mental health, because that is better asked of a mental health professional, psycologist, etc. What I can tell you as a lawyer is that there is no statute of limitations on a warrant. So, if you avoid it, you'll only be running away from it forever. And all it would take is being stopped for something simple like a traffic violation and then running your identification to find out you have a warrant for your arrest. I wouldn't want to live the rest of my life looking over my shoulder, having this cloud hanging over me. I would rather face the issue head on, no matter how bad, deal with it, and know that once I was out, I could move on. But, no one can tell you what to do -you are your own person, and that is a difficult choice you must make for yourself.
Have you spoken to a cirminal lawyer in your area, or, if you cannot afford a private lawyer, perhaps the public defender's office? It may be possible to get the warrant lifted and a new court date set, if a judge can be convinced to give you one more chance. No promises, of course, but it's worth looking into.
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ok, the one other question is they will not give me another court date. i have asked several times for new court dates. i was planning to start a job in a different state with horese. my theripst thought i would like a animal job. do you think i can stay out of the radar until sept 11, 2012 when i won't mind being arrested for several days to weeks, take care of the mess i got myself into and go on living. i leave may 28, 2012 and will be gone for 15 weeks. i don't want to run. i don't mind having to pay for my crimes. but i really just want to have my first job with something i am going to love doing. when that intership is done, then and only then will i allow my self to be turned in. what is your adice due to my job for the summer.
I can't advise you to knowingly break the law or suggest you leave town -no lawyer can obviously. That said, do I think police are actively searching for you? Most likely, no. It's far more likely the only way the warrant would be discovered would be if you were to have an encounter with the police (e.g., through a traffic stop). So, assuming you avoid any run ins, you stand a chance of not having to worry about being arrested.
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