Any time a court date is scheduled in your case, you should always attend. I would suggest going to district court as soon as possible to resolve these issues.
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He needs to get himself turned in on the bench warrant. I would suggest that he attend with an attorney. It sounds like he misunderstood that he was required to appear.
Unless the Court specifically excuses you from attending a Court date, your appearance at a Court date is always mandatory. How can a Judge properly review a case if he or she does not hear from the Defendant? If you can afford to hire a lawyer for your son, you should do so. The lawyer can help address the bench warrant and get the case back on track. Usually a Court will not provide a lawyer to address a bench warrant. If you cannot afford a lawyer for your son, call the Court and make arrangements to turn him in on the bench warrant. He has a better chance of not being incarcerated if he takes the necessary steps to bring himself before the Court to explain what happened.
Have him go to the courthouse immediately. An outstanding bench warrant only gets worse the longer it is active. If he goes to the court immediately, his reason for not attending the court date will have more weight rather than simply ignoring the court.