I was subpoenaed to testify at my husbands trial for domestic violence. I didnt go and they issued a warrant for my arrest and pushed his trial date out. I was picked up on the warrant and bonded myself out of a $ 250 cash bond. roomate let the cops in and I was subpoenaed again for new trial date. I did not go.They issued a 10k cash only bond for me, reset the trial again. After 2 more months they proceeded without me and the case was dropped. Now I want to turn myself in and I know they could make me do 6 months. Any chance they will give me some time to get my affairs in order before they lock me up? My landlord knows I cannot be around police and he is unlawfully evicting me because I can't do anything about it since I have the warrant. He will physically remove my stuff in 3 days.
If you do nothing you can expect the full weight of the law upon you. Hire an attorney and immediately take steps to negotiate through your lawyer. Staying the course you are upon is not the best track to take.
To be honest, your chances of convincing the judge to give you time to get your affairs in order before you go to jail are not good. You have ignored court orders at least twice. I don't think you can expect the judge to trust you.
You can expect immediate sentencing. You can ask the judge to stay the sentence to allow you to get your affairs in order, but most judges are going to feel that you should have been getting things in order during the time you were knowingly ignoring the court's orders. You really should try to get as much sorted out as you can before you turn yourself in (or are arrested) on your latest warrant. You cannot reasonably expect much leniency given the situation.
Robert Salter is an attorney licensed in the state and federal courts of Colorado. This answer is for general information only and does not create an attorney client relationship between Robert Salter or Harkess & Salter LLC and any person. You should schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your legal issues.
I agree with my colleagues - to prevent a lengthy jail sentence you need to explain your contemptuous behavior. If it was out of love for the defendant - or if it was because you felt the system was unfairly prosecuting him -you will need to make your reasons clear to the judge at the hearing. For this you will need an experienced lawyer .. hiring a lawyer may make all the difference in the length of your sentence.
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