I have a bench warrant.
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Warrants don't just go away, so you can't ignore it.
Your options are to deal with it now while you have at least a little control or wait until you're arrested and your daughter is placed in foster care while they haul you to jail.
Contact a lawyer NOW. Discuss the case with them and follow their advice. It is always better to face the problem than it is getting forced to face it after you've been arrested.
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Mr.Dane is correct, as usual. Bench warrants do not have a time period after which they automatically expire. (There is no Statute of Limitations that applies to bench warrants).Your best alternative is to attempt to deal with the warrant by getting it lifted, allowing you to remain out of custody while you deal with the underlying charge. Respectfully, for this you will need the assistance of a lawyer. If you cannot afford one, I suggest that you contact the office of the local public defender to see if you can qualify for the services of their office. Good luck.
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