I have completed a drug and rehab program since then. Have been sober for four years. I have a full time job and am currently enrolled in school. I have stayed out of trouble since and have not received any other sort of ticket or arrest.
You need to go into court and put yourself on Calendar. Then start the whole process. You may be able to have a Serna Motion and have the charges dismissed, but there are many factors that go into play for that.
Having an attorney for this is a good idea.
Initially the case needs to be placed on calender to have the warrant recalled. Once the warrant is recalled you or the attorney can deal with the shoplifting charges. One word of caution is that given a bench warrant has been filed for your failure to appear in court a misdemeanor charge of FTA may have been filed. Given that this is a misdemeanor if you retain an attorney you do not need to appear in court. The advantage to that if an attorney appears they may be able to get the warrant recalled without you having to post bond or being taken into custody.
As my colleague indicated you would also want to see if there is a Serna motion.
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