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Good morning, I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. In order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please. 1. Is the warrant a no-bail warrant ?(highly unlikely based on the charge) 2. Is the warrant based on your failure to appear at a court hearing on the charge or was it issued after the prosecutor simply filed charges? Doug
i dont know!! i had no knowledge if this until yesterday when i went apply for housing...its being active for four years now
i have been living in the same place for ten years... i havent recieved a letter.....no came to my house.!! i actually gotten a ticket since then...i dont know what to do
Thanks for the additional information, DJ.
The vast majority of warrants are NOT no-bail warrants, and you can post a bond with the court and just arrange to appear in court, as opposed to being booked and released.
As you say that you received a ticket since this warrant would have been issued, I question whether there even is a warrant---as you likely would have just been arrested on the spot at the traffic stop----unless the stop occurred in a different state than where the warrant was issued out of.
If a warrant has been issued then you will need to contact the criminal court clerk’s office at the courthouse and ask what the amount of bond is for the warrant.
You will then need to go to the court and post the bond on the bench warrant. The bond is often between $500 and $1,000, cash only, and then you will get another court date to appear to answer to the underlying charge as well as to your failure to appear at the first hearing. If the bond amount is higher than you can afford to post in cash, you will want to have a bail bond arrange the bond for you If you are concerned about going to the court to post bond, you can have a friend do it, a bail bond or even a local attorney. However, they are not waiting at court to arrest you. Call ahead to ask how much the bond amount on the warrant is---take in the cash to pay the bond, and you will be given a new hearing date.
You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions. I wish you the best in your future, Doug
thank you so much!! i have been crying since yesterday. i dont want to be booked for something i didnt do.. so its possible to pay warrant get a court date without being booked? do u think that i should hire a lawyer?? do you think that i can get this removed??
Good morning DJ, You asked: so its possible to pay warrant get a court date without being booked? In most circumstances, yes, that is how it works. Warrants don't get removed unless they are issued by mistake, or after you post a bail and arrange to go to court. After the bail is posted the court will issue you a hearing date to go to. And yes, if the court went to the trouble of issuing a warrant, you should probably at least consult with a local criminal law attorney about a defense, if it turns out that you need a defense.
Call first to make sure that there really is a warrant out for you because you bother to speak with a local attorney. The housing department may have you confused with someone else. It happens. Thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated. Please keep in mind that until you rate me highly for my service, I will not be credited with helping you. Thanks again. Have a great day, Doug
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