If I have a warrant can a lawyer get me out of having to go to jail and can I find a lawyer that I can make payments to?
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Thank you for reaching out and requesting that I respond to this question. Unfortunately, I haven't practiced in criminal law for over 15 years (since my days as an Assistant Public Defender). If there's a warrant outstanding, I would agree with Mr. Foley's assessment above. If you get arrested before you're able to consult with someone, be sure to ask the Court to appoint you a public defender - at least he or she can get the ball rolling.
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I can often be direct but please know that quality attorneys are not as rude as Mr T above. Contact some attorneys in your area. Show them the evidence you have of your innocence and bring money for a solid down payment. Many good attorneys will work with you financially by setting up a payment plan.
It’s highly unlikely that the warrant will be lifted prior to you being booked into jail and you may spend 24 hours in custody. You will need to post bond but that does not mean that you will lose the case and become incarcerated. Your attorney will have an opportunity to provide evidence of your innocence, either in case filing, or to the line prosecutor so believe…. If you have the evidence that you say you do, then you will be fine. Good luck.
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I agree with my colleagues. retain a lawyer
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First and foremost, if a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you are a subject of interest on the charge. Accordingly, it would be prudent at this time to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as possible who may be able to help you much more effectively than what you can do on your own. You can find attorneys who practice criminal defense through the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of the page.
Obviously, it would be in your best interest to preserve any and all documentation and evidence you may have in your possession that could be used to organize a defense against any formalized charge filed against you by the State's Attorney Office on behalf of the state.
As a final note, I have changed the practice area to "Criminal Defense". You had selected, "Lawsuits & Disputes", which is more akin to civil and monetary claims, not criminal charges. This should help afford your post better exposure to attorneys seeking to answer questions within their wheelhouse of criminal law.
Best of luck to you.
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Heck - maybe you can ask for a lawyer to do the time for you too? Unfortunately, if you have been charged with a crime, there are likely a whole set of facts you left out that someone in law enforcement saw that told a different story. So to get this "took-en care of" you will need to use the find a lawyer feature of AVVO to locate a criminal lawyer in your area and ask about what is needed to hire them and see what they can do to "work with you." Be prepared that MOST coherent criminal lawyers, like bondsman, will not take a payment plan on an active criminal case, especially on a new client. Why? Because criminals are amazing at making any promise needed to avoid going to jail and equally miserable when it comes up to delivering on any of them, especially after the threat of jail has passed. If you don't have the cash up front you may need to have family or friends chip in or be willing to provide collateral as needed if you want to hire a quality defense lawyer.
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