Well, it's hard to answer because you say you were charged with a suspended license but were sentenced to a fine and 5 years probation. The five year probation tells me you were convicted of a felony,so I am thinking you may not know what you were sentenced or even convicted of. I think you need to hire an attorney immediately to find out 1) what were you convicted of; 2) Did they file a Vop (violation of probation) and were any bailjumping charges filed on you. Generally, you would face jail time when you fail to follow through on probation. Are you aware of a warrant for your arrest at this time or have you got lost in thr system. An attorney can sort out those issues for you so you can achieve the best outcome and put this behind you. Good luck to you!
You should retain a qualified criminal defense lawyer, as soon as possible. Your lawyer can probably arrange for you to go to court, and know what to expect when you get there. On the other hand, if you wait to get picked up someday, you will definitely have a harder time dealing with the situation.
I suggest you immediately consult with a local criminal defense lawyer who can assist you in determining what really occurred back in 1996 and assist you in resolving the matter.
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