The falsified incident took place 8 years ago while visiting friends in NC. I did not find out about these charges until a background check for employment was administered. I was never contacted by the state of NC once regarding these charges. The court office told me the only way to take care of it is to show up and ask to be served my papers and then a court date will be assigned. They also informed me if I do not show up to be served the charges will just sit there forever. Also I no longer have any contact with this person at all and I wouldn't even know how to go about finding him. This sounds a little ridiculous to me. Don't these things expire after a while or something?
They do not expire. NC could, if it located you and was willing to do so, arrange for yor arrest on a fugitive warrant and extradite you to NC. Suggest strongly that you contact a local criminal attorney and see if you can attack the charge and whether or not you have to be present.
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You'll probably need to contact an attorney in North Carolina to assist you. The charge will not expire. In fact, there could be a warrant for you. If it's only a simple misdemeanor charge, then it's probably unlikely that the warrant is nationwide in scope. But if it is, and you do not address it by appearing and answering the charge, then you could be held following a traffic stop in Iowa or another state if the warrant appears when the officer runs your license information through dispatch. A licensed attorney in NC may be able to enter an appearance for you, but as far as needing to travel there, I would have to defer to someone licensed there.
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