I have a criminal case that I did not show up in court personally for. I plan on hiring a lawyer, but I was wondering what the court meant by "sent out for collections".I also have a warrant on the case for missing court. Is there any chance that I will be able to fight the case in court and just pay the fines without a long term jail sentence. The case is a misdemeanor. I have since obtained my G.E.D. and an Associates Degree. I have also gotten married since then. Will that somehow persuade the courts judgment of having me serve the maximum? (3 yrs.) Can I still opt to have a trial by jury?