I have an old problem that came back to get me, 3 years ago I worked for a company in Montgomery County... they gave us an employee credit card to use our discount. A week before I left the company I made the dumbest mistake possible. I wrote up to 19K in checks from my checking account to the company, they all bounced. I thought that I could pay the minimum on the credit cards and it would be over not thinking I did anything wrong. Fast forward to today, I missed a court date in January and had no contact wit the court a friend of mine told me the sheriff's came to her house looking for me. I currently live in LA and I'm a Concert/Party Promotor for celebrity and TV Host. What is the process if I wanted someone to just settle out of court with the company? Thank you to all who responds.
The ONLY process that has a reasonable chance of success is for you to stop what you are doing, pony up, and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who routinely practices in Montgomery Co. He or she can address the outstanding arrest warrant as well as the underlying criminal charges. As a big time Hollywood celebrity, you are not going to engender a whole lot of sympathy from the hard-working folks in Montgomery Co. Good luck.
Your problem is that it sounds like criminal charges have been filed against you. If you missed a court date in all likelihood there is a warrant out for your arrest. The challenge is that until you appear the warrant will remain active. This means at some point if you are stopped in California you could be detained until they make a determination as to whether or not you should be extradited (10 or so days).
The amounts you are discussing would put you into a felony theft range. This means this may not be something the DA is willing to just work out an out of court settlement on. Your best bet is to call a local defense attorney and see if they can facilitate a surrender and disposition so you only have to come back once to resolve the case. I would do this sooner rather than later because if the sheriffs are looking for you that is a bad sign.
(Also, posting facts about your case on a public website that anyone can see is a bit risky, I would limit your posting in the future)
Hire a well rated Montgomery County lawyer promptly---you definitely need legal representation. The company no longer has control of the matter because the case you are facing is criminal, not civil. The District Attorney's Office has control of the case. Prosecutors will take input from victims and cases like yours are sometimes settled with a monetary settlement to the victim. But because you did not appear in court it sounds like a bench warrant may have been issued. That means if you are stopped for a simple traffic stop you could be taken to jail. Don't delay in hiring Montgomery County counsel.
My colleagues are correct in all aspects of their answers. An experienced Montgomery County criminal defense attorney would be best. Experience should make the difference in obtaining a favorable outcome.
Was it the sheriff looking for you to serve you with process in a civil case or was it another law enforcement agency agency (policy, warrant officer) looking for you on a criminal warrant? If it was the former, you may be able to contact the lawyer for the entity that filed suit against you to see if its agreeable to entering into some kind of settlement agreement. Probably better to do so with an attorney's assistance. If it was the latter, you would definitely need to consult with counsel on how you should turn yourself in. That would ultimately involve traveling to Montco. Otherwise, if you ignore it and for some reason get pulled over in California, you can be detained on the warrant and then have to deal with the extradition process which could keep you locked up for a while.
If you haven't retained an experienced Montgomery County criminal lawyer, you should waste no more time. Your problem is serious and will only get worse. A good lawyer can help you deal with and resolve your situation. It will not go away on its own.
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