On 10/03/2013, there was a dispute between myself and a female whom I had mutual friends with. To keep the situation short, she claimed I threatened to (and I'm quoting the police report).. "f*** you and your sister up". A coworker took her side. I didn't appear in court because I moved out of state. I checked rhode islands court connect online and didn't appear to have a warrant. Three days ago I searched my name online and my name came up on Massachusetts warrants 2015. I went to the court house and had the warrant removed. I was nervous and the women said I was not eligible for a court referred lawyer because my mother owned a house. so I agreed to represent myself. I have no idea what to do. I would like the case to be dismissed. The Chargers are "threatening to commit a crime".
Assuming this is a misdemeanor, if you are going to represent yourself your first opportunity to plead your case would be at your pre-trial date. If unsuccessful you have the right to a trial. If she doesn't show, case dismissed. If she shows you will be over your head. Contact one of us at Avvo for a legal opinion before going to court.
Interesting facts here - 2013?. More than a year ago? When you miss a court date a warrant generally is issued. Consider hiring an attorney to assist you. If the case is proceeding in Massachusetts, find an attorney admitted to practice there to represent you and help you defend yourself. It is very common to feel nervous and not know what to do when facing such allegations. Without professional counsel people often make mistakes that cost them more than money.
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This case could have serious consequences for you, and AVVO is not a substitute for law school and experience. The question and answer section is not intended to tell you how to defend yourself or to seek dismissal of a significant charge involving an alleged threat. My very best advice to you is to find an attorney to represent you. If you need to ask your mother for financial assistance, then do it. If you have any money yourself, you are investing in your future. There are lots of good Massachusetts attorneys who can help you. Good luck.
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