I was told that I have a summons issued but I never got served can I still get a bench warrant if I wasn't served.
No. If the bad check complaint is issued as a summons it will simply remain unserved. If issued as a summons, and not a warrant, it will remain a summons and cannot result in a bench warrant. It will be ultimately served at an inopportune time so says Murphy's Law. So, if you are late to a First Communion, Graduation, or a big job interview you may get pulled over for speeding. When taking an exorbitant amount of time to write a ticket you will realize that the officer is going to serve you with the unserved bad check (theft by deception) charge. You will receive a separate citation for that charge and inevitably the officer will write in the body of the citation, OKNATC. Or something like that. It is an acronym that means "Officer Knows Nothing About the Case" to give everyone involved notice that he should not be subpoenaed in for the bad check even though he served the summons.
The only way it can become a bench warrant is after it has been served. The citation written by the officer will have a court date and time on the ticket/citation. If you miss the court date, which initially will just be arraignment, then you get the bench warrant you were worried about. How much would the bench warrant be? Sloppily, probably $500, but if any time is taken into evaluating the case then it would more properly be the amount of the bad check plus $50. The $50 is the processing fee charged by the county attorney's office.
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