How do I convince a judge of a hardship?

I have a warrant issued in the amount of $10,000.00 for welfare fraud, and it is from an over-payment in food stamps back in 2010 totaling $3007.00. I am unemployed and looking for a job but the warrant is stopping me from passing a background check. I need to ask the judge to allow me restitution and or community service. If I turn myself in will they site and release me so that I can get a court date to see the judge? I'm a single mom of four, full time student graduating in May of this year. Please help!

Bakersfield, CA -

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Nicholas Maurice Rosenberg

Nicholas Maurice Rosenberg

Criminal Defense Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

If what you saying is true regarding your finances, I believe you would qualify for a Kern County Public Defender, so, I would contact them regarding a Bench Warrant Walk In. As to whether the Judge will give you an Own Recognizance release, I would ask the Public Defender because they know that courtroom. If you appear, the warrant should be recalled, and you can then figure out what you are going to do about your case.

Christine C McCall

Christine C McCall

Administrative Law Lawyer - Pasadena, CA
Answered

You may or may not be correct about the warrant precluding you from passing a background check. But the background check problem will not be resolved by any relief from the court regarding the warrant and/or bail. Your background check will still reveal the arrest, charges and ultimate resolution of the case. The court knows all of this, so the argument and strategy that you have in mind is unlikely to be persuasive. You need legal counsel. This is not something you can likely be effective on in your own behalf.

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Andrew W. Norfleet

Andrew W. Norfleet

Social Security Lawyers
Answered

This question should be posted under the AVVO Criminal Defense Section. That said, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. If you have an active warrant for your arrest, you could be arrested at any time - traffic stop, for example. If you retain an attorney, he/she can contact the court and discuss your appearance on the warrant. In some cases, you have a better chance of a judge releasing you on your promise to appear for court in the future or releasing you on minimal bail - if you turn yourself in. Other factors may include your criminal history, how long you have lived at your current address, etc.

Again, please contact a criminal defense attorney in your area or the public defender's office as soon as possible.

I hope that this was helpful and I wish you well.

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Clifford Michael Farrell

Clifford Michael Farrell

Social Security Lawyers - Columbus, OH
Answered

Please repost under the criminal defense section.

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