I'm not in Wisconsin I traveled bk my mom had neumonia, it's been a year, I look at ccap were I have a bench warrant. I have my daughter who broke up and needs help with the 2 kids while she works. What is my option? If I pay will I still go to jail ? My mom died I'm alone what can I tell the judge if he's charging a repeater? Bench warrant, bail forfeiture....I mean bond signature for $ 1,000 but I saw on the record $ 1,000 + $ 50.00 clerk fee. My lawyer told me if I leave I'm not able to return back it won't go to the data base most wanted, it's a misdemeanor, yes I lost the trial with the 12 jury. So I just want to know what is the max. Penalty even if I turn my self in.
I'm assuming this was a criminal matter because you were out on bail. It sounds like you failed to appear after losing at a trial. On Wednesday morning in Milwaukee I watched as a defendant was hammered for not showing up to his sentencing hearing. And he was only 5 months late. You made a big mistake by failing to show up, and now you'll have to appear again to deal with the warrant. If your bail was forfeited, it was seized. I'm not sure what you'd pay instead.
I'd suggest hiring an attorney to help you through this situation. This is a serious matter that will catch up to you eventually.
I would suggest you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the county where you were charged to discuss your situation. If you can't afford a lawyer you could contact the public defender's office to see if you qualify for representation. The judge does not charge repeaters, the charges are brought forth by the district attorney's office. Good luck.
You will likely be OK, so long as your lawyer resolves your case with the DA first, then produces you at a scheduled voluntarily "walk in" hearing on the warrant. You don't say what you were convicted of by the jury, but if it was a misdemeanor, you can likely go directly to sentencing in front of the judge who presided at the trial, or a new one who may have since rotated into his or her seat. If it is a felony or you have a bad record, that may not be quite as easy to accomplish, possibly requiring a new court date for sentencing. Even if you are held in jail before sentencing, however, that time will count against your sentence. Huber law release from a jail sentence for the care of dependant children, provided that the judge trusts you to return to jail every night. However, if you are picked up eventually on the warrant rather than surrendering yourself, that trust might prove difficult to obtain.
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In addition to having to serve whatever sentence you skipped out on, you are probably looking at bail jumping charges. Hire a lawyer and return to take care of this.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
You may not like your options at this point, but it is ALWAYS better for you to come back to Wisconsin on your own to take care of this, than to be picked up by law enforcement and brought back to court in handcuffs. A bench warrant does not go away without your personal appearance before the court. The sooner you come back and take care of this, the better the result. Spend Christmas with your daughter and grandchildren, then contact your attorney about coming back to Wisconsin and going to court to take care of this. Don't start 2015 on the run from the law. Stand up like an adult and take care of this.
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