I was required to attend an anti theft class and pay court cost on a theft misdemeanor. I attend and turned in the proof of completion for the class but i have been unable to pay the costs. My costs have since gone to collections and i wanted to know if that meant I have an active warrant.
There will be an indication online if you have an active warrant. The clerk of courts website for the muni court should tell you.
You have made some good strides by completing the theft class. I assume this was part of a plea bargain or diversion program. I expect the payment of court cost and signing a trespass warning for the victum was part of the deal. You don't want to blow the deal and have a criminal record that haunts you for the rest of yoru life. If the clerk has issued a warrant for failure to pay fine and cost, then I would recommend that you contact counsel to have the warrent set aside and either get more time to pay or have the fines and cost waived by the court altogether. After, completing these steps, I would also recommend that you obtain an expungement of the charges against you to remove the from public records so they are not available to future employers and others. I would be happy to discuss this with you furhter.
You may have a warrant. Whether to issue one or simply send the debt to collection would be up to the court. You can go online to the clerk of courts and run a search for yourself. There should be an entry there if a warrant was issued. It may say capias, rather than warrant. If you see either word, I suggest getting an attorney. If you find the docket unclear, call the clerk and ask.
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I am assuming that since this question is being posted in Columbus, Ohio you went through this process in the Franklin County Municipal Court. While, I agree that GENERALLY an active warrant is listed online under your case number by going to http://www.fcmcclerk.com/case, I have had quite a few clients that had active warrants that never made it to the electronic case listing. Therefore, to be absolutely sure about whether or not you have a warrant, call the Clerk of Courts at 614.645.8186 and have them look your case up.
Next, regardless of whether you have a warrant or not, you should at least start making small payments on your court cost to show that you are making a good faith effort to comply with the Court's order.
Finally, if you do have a warrant, it can be set aside by competent, caring counsel. Even if you do not have a warrant at this point, I suggest retaining counsel to request more time to pay your costs and avoid a potential warrant,
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