Back in August of last year, I got put on probation for disorderly conduct. While on probation I caught an OWI charge. I never told my probation officer about it hoping to ride it out. Well they caught up with each other and I got a letter for violation hearing which I never received since I changed addresses so now there is a bench warrant for me. Then the probation officer that did my evaluation wrote an unfavorable report and asked the judge for jail time. When I found out what was going to happen I didn't show up. Now in the first case they set bond for not showing up to the hearing will it not be given since I didn't show up for my OWI? Second, how much time added on since I didn't show up? I been thinking of turning myself in since I just want to move forward with life...What steps should I take and how long could I be gone for?
When you realize that you've dug yourself into a hole, the solution is NEVER to keep digging.
And get a lawyer.
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The simple answer is yes to hired a qualified criminal defense attorney. That stated, I would make sure that attorney has familarity with the judge and possibly your probation officer. This familiarity usually translates in a better ability for you to understand the depth of you probation violation and consequences of your new criminal charges. However, both of these offense are misdemeanors and punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 93 days. You should expect no more than 93 days maximum but typically far less given jail crowding conditions. Call an attorney for more insights and start making better decisions.
Right now the court is not happy with you because you most likely violated probation by using alcohol, then you did not report the new conviction and things just continued to spiral downward to the point that no one involved in your case has any trust in you.
This is why you need a criminal attorney right now to assist you and it does make a difference. For example recently a PV was heard where the defendant was looking at six months of jail, but due to the lawyer the defendant only received thirty days of jail. Five months is a big difference.
This is an example of making a bad situation much worse. You can receive the maximum sentence under the law for disorderly conduct because of the probation violation. The failure to appear has its own ramifications and it could factor into the judge's sentence. Neither judge at the 54-B district court (if that is where your case is at) is going to be happy. I don't see any way out of going to jail. At least, no reasonable chance. However, you can take substantial steps to mitigate the harm you've done. Have a lawyer with you when your turn yourself in to show the court you are serious about getting this resolved. More than likely it can lead to a more favorable sentence as well. You also need a lawyer for the OWI because there are serious consequences with that as well including driver's license suspension, driver's responsibility fees, and even vehicle immobilization or jail. My advice is to use AVVO and Google to find a criminal lawyer from your area that regularly practices before your particular court to help. You will need to turn yourself in and quit running because it's only making matters worse and you're digging a deeper hole. Good luck.
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