My sister was homeless at the time she received a traffic ticket for failing to stop in Camden, New Jersey. She is now aware that she has a bench warrant as she never received a notice and consequently did not appear in court. She now has an address and is on disability. How and what is the best way for her to clear the warrant without jail time or huge fines and, have her licensed restored? She certainly does not have money for an attorney.
Tell her to get a public defender, she may be able to get one. If not, tell her to turn herself in and explain the circumstances to the DA.
She will maximize her chances for a favorable bail, or even unsecured bail, if she voluntarily turns herself in to address the warrant. She should contact the court to determine the best time to turn herself in so that she is processed expeditiously. She should contact the local public defender for representation or guidance. Sometimes, public defenders are not available for traffic tickets and she needs to be prepared to handle this on her own. She should bring documentation of her disability to provide to the court, as well as evidence of her stable address.
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