I have a couple of 22 year old, out-of-state, petty misdemeanor warrants for "probation violation". When filling out paperwork, forms, applications, etc. and they ask "Do you currently have a case pending against you in any state for any driving or nondriving offense?" Should I answer "YES" or "NO"?
The correct answer is yes, and the further answer is that you should act to take care of them. Warrant NEVER go away by themselves.
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Probation violation generally is not a "pending case", but continued action on an existing conviction which may already be acknowledged in the application, so NO, is the short answer. UNLESS, there is a warrant for the charge of absconding probation. Without knowing the intent of the question, and other questions around it, it is possible they want to know if you have any outstanding, unresolved business that might cause you to suddenly be absent from work, then the answer might be YES! Why don't you just settle those petty warrants?
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