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How do I squash a warrant for a probation violation and an fta in wa state?

Kent, WA |
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I was on Probation and missed a random u.a., they scheduled a court date, issued a warrant, but I ended up leaving state and missed my court date. Now I'm back and just got a call the other day saying I have a state wide warrant out for my arrest. Idk how to get rid of it with out doing time or having to be put back on probation so I can keep working and not worry about the police showing up at my house or work or school to arrest me.

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Go to the courthouse of the place that you were suppose to be when you missed the court hearing. Go to the clerk and ask to schedule a warrant quash. There is a risk that you could be arrested, however, not likely. They will give you a date in a week or so to show up and appear in front of the judge to quash the warrant and get the case back on track. If you had an attorney at the time, make contact with that firm and let them know about the date of the warrant quash hearing. Ask them for any specific advice or concerns your case might have. You need to schedule the hearing asap. You are continually at risk of arrest until you deal with the issues.

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It would be highly unlikely for the police to seek you out. Rather, next time you're pulled over or have any contact with law enforcement, you will be arrested and jailed. There is no way out of this without going back on probation, but you might be able to avoid any jail time. You'll need to hire an attorney or make sure you have a public defender. By the way, your probation is extended by the amount of time that you have a bench warrant out for your arrest, so you're not helping yourself by doing nothing.

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Hire a lawyer to quash the warrant for you.

Aaron M. Lukoff
Attorney at Law
Criminal & Civil Traffic Defense
Law Offices of Aaron M. Lukoff & Associates, PLLC
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How much would it cost me though? I haven't even had enough money to pay off my court fines yet.

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