I have had a felony warrant for 4 or 5 years for car hopping. I was once doing drugs and ripping and running. I turned my life around completely and I’m now going to be having a baby at the beginning of next year. I need to know what proof I can give to the judge that shows I’m actually a better person. A letter from my boss, family coming to court, anything? Thank you
This proposition really depends on your judge in circuit court and what you have done since you were last charged that shows your life has truly changed. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in coordinating the information & having an insight on the judge who presides over your case will be another positive in your favor. Retaining your own attorney demonstrates to the court that you are serious about your situation and that you are mature enough to know that by hiring counsel of your own you are not looking to the court for favors--you are paying for your own representation. A highly qualified attorney will have experience in dealing with cases like your's many times over and can share the benefit of the experience with you to help you avoid making common mistakes and assumptions and separating what is most important from all the other side-issues that might arise as a result of your long delay in facing the charge/charges against you.
That's good that you are thinking ahead and you want to get this unresolved matter taken care of. That alone show maturity. The first step is retaining an attorney from the area where the warrants are out of. Look for a lawyer that primarily practices criminal law and ideally who is very familiar with the judges in that county. Showing up with a retained attorney almost assuredly ensures you will get a better bond than if you showed up by yourself.
The more time you can demonstrate since these alleged offenses occured that you haven't gotten into any trouble or any new charges is a good thing to show the court. If drugs was an issue for you and one that was behind your legal troubles in the past, I would consider getting an updated drug/alcohol assessment. Also, if you have completed or are currently doing any kind of treatment whether inpatient, out patient, 12-step meetings, etc. that will be good to not only show the court, but it may aid in negotiations with the prosecutor's office. Any other positive things you have done with your life since then-- steady employment, completed GED/college, won any awards volunteer work... Pretty much anything good you have done with your life or things you have done to get your life back on track will ultimately help in both the resolution to these matters and the sentence you end up receiving.
I strongly suggest you use AVVO to locate an criminal defense lawyer in the geographic region of your case. Look for one that is well reviewed. Google is another great source as well. Good luck to you.
All of the things you have listed go to showing the judge that you have turned your life around. Handling this is the first step. The issue is there is still a criminal case pending. One that could place a felony on your record. You should not take this undertaking alone. Do it with an attorney you are comfortable with. You need to make some calls and get some consultations and come up with a game plan with an attorney on how to come up with the best result for your situation. Many of us offer free consultations and would be happy to speak with you regarding your situation. Best of luck.
The answers here provide excellent guidelines. Any documents that you can produce to verify that you have turned your life around will be helpful, however, this is a situation that you will want an experienced criminal attorney. Anything you can show regarding employment, educational improvement, and showing that you are making plans to take care of your baby.
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