I was charged with PL 165.40 in NYC Manhattan, failed to appear at court, I am a non-resident back in Europe. Was should i do?

Asked almost 2 years ago - New York, NY

I was in U.S. on temporary visa for 4 months only and that is the reason I left the country and did not appear at court. I have no criminal history. Is this going to affect my future visa applications for USA and am I going to be put in custody when I arrive in NYC?

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . There is a bench warrant for your arrest and you will likely be arrested if you try to enter the USA. You should hire an attorney to get the warrant vacated and resolve the case for you. I have done this many times.

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

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    Answered . Yes--this will likely prevent your re-entry, You should hire an attorney to appear for you and vacate the warrant if the court will allow them to. This is important and will not go away even with the passage of time.

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a... more
  3. Todd Andrew Spodek

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    Answered . You could have issues if a bench warrant was lodged against you. I would
    recommend you hire a New York criminal defense attorney to investigate, and
    see if they can vacate the warrant.
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