I am struggling to know if a bench warrant has been issued against me for a fine that I tried to pay (mail) but I had no news from it. The clerk is of no help so I still do not know. I am flying out of the US. I know it could be a problem to enter the US. Will it be to fly out of the US too ? I do not remember what kind of control is it. I am leaving next week. Besides, I am not american. My fine was for civil violation.I was not fingerprinted. There is basically my name and my (old) address on the ticket.
Based on the information you provided, I do not see there being a bench warrant issued for your arrest.
The only way to know whether a bench warrant was issued is to go to the Court or contact the clerk's office. It is unlikely that it would affect you leaving the country but could upon returning.
Flying out is probably not going to be a problem but there is an excellent change that you will be arrested on the warrant when you try to re-enter. I suggest that you hire a criminal defense lawyer to clear this up.
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If you have the money to take an international flight, deal with your problem and pay the fine or hire someone to deal with it for you. If there was even less than a 1% chance that this could cause you problems why ignore it??? Every lawyer's advice should be to deal with it in the week before you leave.
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You can find out whether a bench warrant was issued by going to the court in person and speaking with a clerk. You may also hire an attorney to go to court on your behalf, check on the status of the case, and resolve any warrant if possible. It would be safer to do one of these things than ignore it.
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