I got a disorderly conduct citation. Its been 9 years. I'm 24 now. It was still considered an outstanding warrant until I paid $20 on it.
Things that happen prior to your eighteenth birthday don't just go away because you ignore them. If you received a ticket, and didn't show up for court, you were likely convicted by default back then, and a warrant was issued for failure to pay.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
When you are ordered by a court to pay a fine or forfeiture you must pay it. If you don't, you can be found to be in contempt of court. The courts can get a warrant for your arrest and then bring you in front of the judge to explain why you didn't pay. If it is found that you do not have the ability to pay, then the amount owed can be converted to a civil judgment and is then just an amount of money that you owe. Stuff like this doesn't magically disappear when you turn 18. You still owe it. Be advised that the courts can also suspend your driver's license for unpaid fines and forfeitures. It is always best to pay unless you have absolutely no ability. If it is nine years later, the courts are probably not real interested in a payment plan, but if they are jump on that and try to stay current with your payments. If you cannot afford the entire payment, then send something to show that you are trying your best. Good luck.
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