Does false imprisonment apply to my situation? I found out while looking up something else that I had an arraignment that I missed and was a fugitive. I was not arrested or cited and it was for a incident two years prior. Charges were filed on 1/18/14 alleged incident was on 10/31/12. Arraignment was on 2/4/14. I did not know of any problem and I was not notified of any of this. I was able to secure a bond and get bail letter to go to court. I was arraigned and assigned an attorney from the conflict panel. First meeting went well on next court date. I was shown my empty file and told there was no discovery, no case. They set another date to allow time for DA to produce discovery. My assigned attorney told me on that date to arrive and wait in the hall by courtroom no need to check in he would find me. I waited all day and wasn't called. I went home and looked this attorney up and realized I had seen him and him me but he never called on me nor did anyone else. I was once again a fugitive. I couldn't believe it. So I emailed his office since it was after hours and asked what to do. He explained I needed to get another reinstatement letter. I did that and went to the courthouse to have a reinstatement hearing. I was assigned to a different judge for that days proceeding since mine was in trial. He was a commissioner. When I was called up he asked if I had signed my rights sheet. The bailiff explained I was just there for reinstatement. The judge then picked up a sticky note and said no that he had others charges from the da office to arraigned me on. Charges that were not in the system. I was asked to sit back down and fill out rights sheet. Once called up again I was told I was being remanded on these charges. I asked what happened what the dates were. He told me and I explained that one of them I had been exonerated for and the other I had no knowledge of. He said basically to bad their charging you now. I was handcuffed and paraded through the court house to jail where I spent the night while my bail bondsman tried to put my new bond through. It was a problem because nobody knew what was happening no new charges had been entered in the system to apply a bail to so they couldn't release me. No new charges ever went into the system. The only thing that happened I found out after getting out was he raised my bail $10,000 on the old charge with no discovery. To this day nothing new. Is that legal? It cost me money I don't have and a night in hell. I've never been in trouble with the law and I'm beside myself. I don't understand how that could be allowed to happen. I had a bail letter and still do not know what they are prosecuting on originally and its eight months later. Meanwhile I'm paying bail on it and the additional the commissioner dumped on me that day. This is unreal to me. Is there any remedies I can pursue on this. I was sent to jail on the pretense of new charges that were not real. I was assigned to the afternoon court and once arrested put in holding then transferred to local detention center. Because of that I missed the dinner time and even after asking was not offered food until the next morning then it was a choice of eat or leave. I left. I know I will need to hire my own attorney but my funds are limited and I want to make sure it would help before wasting what I have left on nothing. Especially since the first charge is still there with no discovery. I might need to hire someone since my assigned conflict attorney doesn't recognize me every time we go to court. Also the charge is a misdemeanor in San Bernardino County CA.
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