I was told bench warrant was in effect. Court clerk told me to come in on a Tuesday morning to see a judge. I have no criminal record and only have 1 speeding ticket on my record, from 2007 and a seatbelt ticket from 2008. Both were paid. What will happen when I go before the judge? Is it likely I would be arrested, or would I be given the chance to make payment arrangements right there with the judge?
It depends on the Court / Judge, but generally they just want the ticket paid.
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As stated by Mr. Dye, it truly depends on the Court and the judge. Usually, the court just wants the case resolved and cleared from their docket. An attorney that regularly practices in that court may be able to walk you through the process and help avoid your physical arrest. The longer you go without getting the matter cleared up, the worse it gets. You may be arrested at anytime, have your car towed, be locked up for the weekend. The Court may send notice to the BMV and suddenly, your driver's license is suspended. Call an attorney and follow his/her advice.
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