Can't do time in jail or I will lose my job since I'm on temporary hire.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I guess my advice would be, hire a lawyer, turn yourself in and have money available. The lawyer may be able to have you in-and-out. It all depends on the charge, your history during the case, and your personal history - criminal and non-criminal.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
You need to hire a experienced, local criminal defense lawyer who regularly appears in the Court where the warrant was issued. The lawyer can find out if a bond was already set by the Court. The lawyer can make arrangements to have the matter addressed in a way that potentially avoids you going into custody before the warrant can be addressed. The lawyer might have a good enough relationship with the Court to influence its decision as it relates to the amount of the bond.
There are 2 main issues when it comes to bond: risk to the community, and risk of flight. Hiring a lawyer helps show that you are not a flight risk, because you have taken the effort and expense to defend the case. If your plan is just to flee, why bother to hire a lawyer?
The amount you should bring depends upon what the bench warrant is for, and your prior record. For felony child support cases the bond is usually 25% of the arrearage. For serious cases in which a large bond may be necessary, arrangements can be made with a bail bondsman if needed to post the bond ASAP.
The bottom line is, if you have the ability to hire a lawyer you should do so. Hiring a lawyer may ultimately save you money and grief in the long run.
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DUI / DWI Attorney
As mentioned above, there are many factors that influence how much $$ is needed; the type of charge, the circumstances surrounding the bench warrant and underlying offense, the amount of child support (if applicable), the judge, etc. Always retain a well-respected, local attorney if you can.