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I have a court date in Ny but I live in another state ,what happens if I don't show up, financially I cant afford the plane fare

Jamaica, NY |

is there a statue of limitation if a warrant is issued for my arrest, and will the authorities come to my current state to arrest me?

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There is no statute of limitations. Contact a local attorney and see if they can appear for you and resolve it.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)

I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.


A warrant will be issued for your arrest and there is no statute of limitations. What is the charge?

I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 16 years. I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012 and 2013. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Martindale-Hubbell has given me its highest rating - AV Preeminent - in the areas of Criminal Law, Personal Injury, and Litigation. According to Martindale-Hubbell”AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence." Fewer than 8% of attorneys achieve an AV Preeminent rating. I also have the highest ranking – “superb” – on Avvo. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.


Unfortunately, you cannot "wait out" a warrant. However, depending on the Court and the charge, an attorney may be able to appear in your absence. I do it often.