Can i leave the country before my misdemeanor court hearting and then come back ? ? ?

Asked over 1 year ago - New York, NY

I should be in court next month but i have to leave the country for 2 weeks due to a death in the family , mi not an American citizen , just here as a tourist

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  1. Alena Shautsova

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    Answered . You cannot, absolutely cannot miss the court date. You will have a warrant for your arrest and then you will not be able to get a visa or be detained at the border if you try to get back. It is not wise to leave criminal charges hanging. I am sorry for your loss.

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  2. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . Immigration consequences for criminal convictions are very harsh and should be taken seriously. Consult and attorney. Do yourself a good deed.

  3. Irene Vaisman

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    Answered . it depends, you may have problems returning in order to attend the hearing

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  4. Michael M. Yalovenko

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    Answered . You should consult an experienced immigration and criminal defense counsel to advise you on this matter, Leaving the country and coming back on a B-2 is a tricky business. Good Luck!

  5. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . I handle situations like this all the time. If you are not a citizen you can be denied re-entry because of the pending case plus the court could issue a bench warrant for your arrest if you miss court and you would be taken into custody at the airport on your way back in. Hire a criminal defense lawyer as there may be something than can be done.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more

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