I'm 25 and have a CA LICENSE which I don't know if it is suspended because of my missed court date. It was petty theft at a local Home Depot store
At least it wasn't Wal-Mart. You're not handling this very well in your own, alas I recommend you retain a private criminal defense attorney in your area. Your attorney may appear on your behalf and recall the warrant.
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Your CA license is not suspended at least not because of the charge or your FTA. Both the charge and the FTA are misdemeanors so you need a lawyer to help you out. If you're down and out ask for the PD.
The longer you wait, the worse it will get. Hire a lawyer asap to go into court with you. First petty theft offense is usually not jail.
The longer you wait, the worse the outcome will be. If you can afford to retain an attorney, do so immediately. They can have the warrant recalled and place the case on the court's calendar for resolution. You may even be entitled to diversion, which would be ideal. However, now you may be looking at an additional misdemeanor charge for failing to appear (FTA). You want to get on this while you might be able to walk away and protect yourself from a criminal record. In particular, theft charges can have huge ramifications for current and potential employment.
If you can't afford to retain counsel (I suggest you only make that decision after talking with a few criminal defense attorneys. Most of us provide free consultations, so it can't hurt to see what the financial options are first, before making up your mind that you can't afford representation.) then you will have to request the assistance of the public defender's office. Normally, they will not provide you with assistance until the court appoints them to represent you, which is at your arraignment. You can try calling their office ahead of time to see if they could provide help with the warrant (I can guarantee you there is a warrant since you missed your court date, unless the DA declined to prosecute. An attorney could help you find out the status of your case.). Otherwise, your only option is to show up at the criminal clerk's window at the courthouse and ask to be placed on calendar. They may cite you out (have you sign a citation agreeing to appear) for the date of the court hearing, or sometimes they could take you into custody. Depends on the amount of your bail and the county practices whether or not you are taken into custody.
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