A US passport is evidence and proof of Citizenship. Very odd that that Office of Public Welfare would challenge your citizenship when you have a valid U.S. Passport. I would go back and ask to to talk to a supervisor and demand to be treated as a U.S. citizen. A U.S. Passport has been long recognized as valid proof of U.S. citizenship and Government Offices must follow strict guidelines regarding treatment of certain documents. A U.S. passport is considered “primary” proof or evidence of...
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Is always best to have an attorney represent you at your preliminary hearing and never waive your preliminary hearing unless your attorney advises you to do so. In some cases, the Preliminary Hearing can easily become the most important event in any criminal case.
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Find a lawyer as soon as possible from the same county where the Bench Warrant was issued. This first step is critical.