What does it mean when the DA files charges as a warrant but with no case, hearing or attorney being assigned?

Asked 8 months ago - Palm Desert, CA

Details:
Complaint filed by police department
jurisdiction set
fingerprints required
complaint filed
hearing set is vacated
declaration in support of arrest warrant filed
warrant sent
arrest warrant vacated

do I need to do anything regarding this case?
is vacated equivalent to dismissed or do i need to initiate an arraignment?

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  1. Nicholas J. Moore

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    Answered . In general, yes vacated is equivalent to dismissed... however, I'd caution an attorney from advising you that you do not need to do anything; you should contact an attorney for a consult and lay out the full facts of your case. Chances are you might still need an attorney.

  2. Joseph Briscoe Dane

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    Answered . Your details, although a good start, are incomplete. (Or I may just be reading what you posted incorrectly)

    If a case is filed, but the arrest warrant was recalled or not issued for some reason, the case could still be active. When the "complaint filed" - that starts the criminal process and there's a case pending. There could be more to this story and the entire case may have been dismissed, but I can't say that with certainty based on what you wrote.

    It's worth a conversation with a criminal defense attorney in the city/county where this case is. They can look a little deeper into this and get you an answer one way or another.

    The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact... more
  3. Jeffrey George Moore

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    Answered . You should call an attorney to discuss this. That way they can look at what you're looking at and advise appropriately.

    Any statements I make in these forums (fora?) should not be taken as direct legal advice, merely informed guidance.... more

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