I have one charge of "Failure to obey a peace office" It was from an incident over 7 years ago. My court date is January 6th at 8 am in Paradise Valley, AZ. I start my dream job on January 5th, and the hours for that are 8am to 330 pm M-F, so there is no way I can get a continuance. Can someone tell me what penalities I face, and what options I have to resolve this before my start date on the 5th.Also, to add, I have no criminal history. And I should say that for the first 8 weeks of training, I am not allowed to miss a single day.
The consequences here are numerous but could begin with a failure to appear warrant. (FTA)
Ultimately though, these issues can often be wrapped up between competent counsel, the local prosecutorial agency and the court. Telephonic conferences are not unheard of.
What is your court date for? Is there a plea agreement? In other words, where are you in the process? Answering here may not be best, but these are things to think of when you talk to an attorney.
Also, why do you believe that you cannot get an continuance?
Seriously, talk to a lawyer. Ask for a free consult. A sincere discussion with counsel is probably well worth your time.
Thank you for posting.
Scott A. Mac Leod is licensed to practice law in Arizona. The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice for a particular matter. This response does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult an attorney. Scott is an active practitioner of FAMILY, CRIMINAL, CIVIL and bankruptcy law.
Teh failure to obey is a misdemeanor. Arizona law permits an attorney to appear on your behalf. I am concerned that you indicate the matter is 7 years old. The statute of limitations is 1 year from the date of offense. The only way time could have been extended is if a warrant issued. There are other concerns including whether the State can even prove its case after so long a time. You may have several grounds to have the case dismissed. But you first step is retaining experienced counsel.
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It is possible to do this but you should discuss this with the lawyer as to the process and possible consequences, if any.
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