You will want to discuss your situation with a Criminal Defense attorney. From my understanding of your post, your wife missed her court date and now has a bench warrant for her arrest??
Depending on the charge(s) and where your wife's case is procedurally in the courts, there may be a number of legal remedies available to her.
Make an appt. for some consultations with some local attorneys in your area.
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I practice regularly in Cook County and assist in matters such as these. You need to have an attorney file a motion to quash arrest and recall the warrant, have him make a competent argument to the court explaining both the reason for the missed court date and the prior attempt to resolve the matter through private counsel. Your attorney should also be prepared to argue against the court setting an additional bond; the same arguments in favor of setting an initial bond in a criminal case apply here.
There is never a guarantee that a Judge will simply quash the warrant, but its the better route, as opposed to turning yourself in, being processed at a police station, brought to court, etc. I always believe that going in voluntarily, and in your case doing so with proof of the above issues, i.e., payment to prior counsel, etc., gives the court a better impression than being arrested on the warrant or simply turning yourself in.
That said, you should do this as soon as possible.
Best of luck to you; I hope that matters are resolved in your favor.