Ask a Lawyer and Get Answers to Your Legal Questions
I am assuming that you live in this area of Ohio. This particular charge against him does not seem serious enough for the police to actually send people out looking for him. What typically happens in these cases is that he could be driving and get pulled over for speeding, then the police would run his record, come up with the warrant and bring him into court to clear it up. The warrant was probably put into place stemming from some type of charge that he failed to appear in court for to clear up. Now, he could have deliberately failed to appear or they may have had an incorrect address to send the paperwork to and it might not have reached him. One thing is for certain -- he must take care of this matter if he wants to clear up his record going forward. The best way for him to do this is to appear at the courthouse on any business day and go to the clerk's office for criminal business. He should tell them that there is a warrant out for him that he was not aware of. The clerk's office will tell him to go to the courtroom and they will send the file upstairs to the court and he should have an arraignment that day (because he will not be on the court list for that day, he may have to wait until the end of everyone else being called before his case is called). At the arraignment, he can plead "not guilty" and get another court date -- then the warrant will be removed so long as he shows up for his next court date. Because it has been so long, the court might set a bail amount before they will let him go, so you or another family member might want to go with him in case that happens. For a misdemeanor charge, so long as he does not have a prior record, the bail should not be more than a few hundred dollars (IF there is a bail at all). Depending upon the charges, he may also be able to make a deal for probation or continued without a finding that same day. Otherwise, he can ask for a court appointed lawyer if he is unable to afford a lawyer or he can hire his own attorney between his arraignment day and his later court date.
Please press the GREEN ACCEPT BUTTON so I will be paid for my time. Even if you placed a deposit, I am not paid until you press ACCEPT at the bottom of this ANSWER Box.
If he says he doesn't know anything about it, this is either mistaken identity or he is not being completely truthful with you. First, there is no time limit to take care of a warrant in the manner I told you above (I once took my own husband in to take care of a 2 year old warrant in another town -- before I became a lawyer -- and it worked out fine). The odds that he will be arrested are very slim if he appears and takes care of these issues on his own (judges actually like it when people show up at court to take care of matters like this on their own rather than being arrested and brought in front of the court in handcuffs). Obviously, I cannot guarantee that he will not be arrested because none of us can ever be 100% certain of what a court will do (anything is within the judge's discretion). I CAN guarantee you that if he doesn't take care of it, sooner or later he will be stopped over something stupid and he will be arrested -- and may end up spending a few days in jail before he is brought in front of a judge. It will also continue to mess up his chances of getting any kind of job because it will continue to appear as a warrant. If he has no prior offenses, he should do okay at court. If it worries you that much, you may want to contact a lawyer to approach the court first to see what the charges are and what the prosecutor might be able to do for him before he actually appears at the court.
Please press ACCEPT so I will be paid for my time. FYI, you haver an earlier question that was not accepted, and the higher the number of questions you have without accepting, the more likely that the site will close your account. This is a Pay for Services website and I receive nothing unless you press ACCEPT at the bottom of this ANSWER box.