I got a notice in the mail saying there was a warrant for my arrest on a mist-amener charge of possession of paraphernalia. When i was charged with this crime i was told i would receive court information in the mail. I did not receive anything so i went to court on the date (in October of last year) written on the ticket. When i got there my name was not on the list of people scheduled for court. I was directed to the da office where i was given a paper saying that the da was reviewing my case to decide if i would be charged. This paper said i would be notified by mail at the address on the citation if they decide to press charges. I received nothing in the mail until now and this notice of warrant was not sent to the address on the citation. It was the address of my ex boyfriend which i told the officer not to send there because i wont get in right away if at all. The notice of warrant says nothing about failure to appear for court. It just has a bail amount of $1500. I do not trust our legal system. It is just a money generating system and i have seen it destroy peoples lives that have gotten stuck in their web. I was homeless with no car and no job when i was arrested for this
need more info.. You need to get a lawyer and appear to the court in order to explain your situation. That shows that you are serious and you turned your life around
First pay the bail. Go to court and Say the things as they are.... you were in bad situation you moved and you clean up yourself got a job and your life is not the same...
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I would retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who regularly appears in the courthouse at issue. You can use the Avvo "Find a Lawyer" link or Google to search for such an attorney. Best of luck to you.
Retain an attorney to appear for you to recall the warrant and handle the case, OR get to court ASAP and ask the Public Defender to help you. A misdemeanor should not be the end of the world.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
You did everything you were supposed to do. You appeared in court when you were supposed to based on the citation. The DA hadn't filed by then. I assume they sent an arraignment letter to the address you gave when arrested, but if you had moved, again - not your fault.
But when you didn't respond to the letter, they can submit the case to the court for a warrant. That apparently happened, so now it's time to deal with it. You can either appear in court and if you financially qualify, request the public defender be appointed. With a full time job now, you may not qualify. You may want to retain a local attorney to appear for you. The Celebrste Recovery program may be something that can be done in lieu of punishment or as a way to get the case dismissed. You'll need to discuss his with your attorney.
Now that you know there is a warrant, be proactive. You're always in a better position to request a release on your own recognizance if you show up on he warrant rather than getting arrested on it and appearing in a jail jumpsuit. Given the circumstances, the judge in Dept N 8 that does the arraignments is very likely to release you without having to post bail unless there's something else going on or you have a history of failing to appear on cases.
The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.
The best thing for you to do is hire an attorney who practices criminal defense in Orange County to appear in Court on your behalf, request the warrant be vacated and explain to the judge what happened. The situation you describe is extremely unfortunate and all too common. Your attorney can determine if there is a way to handle your case with some sort of diversion program, which you may be statutorily entitled to based on the facts of your case.
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