I had specifically asked my public defender if I needed a court sentence to turn myself in and he said no. Nor did he state a specific time to turn myself in so I assumed it would be ok to turn myself in today. What now?
Criminal Defense Attorney
If this is a San Diego matter, call work furlough (619) 232 -8600 and see if they will take you as surrender. If they won’t take you, you must appear in court immediately to have your case added-on to the court calendar where you were sentenced. If your matter is downtown San Diego, and if you show up at court before 8:30 A.M., they will put you on the morning calendar, if you show at a later time but before 12 P.M they will add you on for the afternoon. If the warrant gets issued they may not add you onto the calendar for several days. Your public defender should be available to help you with this problem.
Call the Sheriff's office and ask when & how you can turn yourself in.
If they won't take you, go there, try to turn yourself in and see if they will give you something in writing telling you that you can't turn yourself in.
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Good luck with your situation.