It appears as though you were provided with a promise to appear. Meaning that you were not arrested for the offense, instead you signed paperwork promising to appear before a Dade County judge. If you fail to appear a bench warrant will be issued. This is a minor infraction and I don't think it will cost you much to hire an attorney to appear for you in Miami-Dade county. I would call several attorneys in Miami and hire one to ensure that you do not receive a bench warrant.
Please feel free to contact my office for additional information.
Benjamin Fernandez, Esq.
You need to hire an attorney and then they can try to handle it without you having to come back to Florida. There may be a venue problem if the alleged violation occurred in Broward and your being charged in Dade but that would have to be looked into by your attorney.
Without reviewing all the facts and evidence, it is not possible to give a proper opinion regarding the liklihood of sucess of your case.
If you fail to appear at your court date then the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. If you hire an attorney then the attorney can handle this matter on your behalf and you will not have to appear.
From your narrative, it sounds as though you were given a promise to appear for trespassing. This is the same as if you were arrested but the officer made the decision to allow you to leave and just appear at a scheduled court hearing.
There are many ways that your case could be resolved in your favor. The most important thing is that you ensure that you keep your record clean.
My offices are located in Miami. Feel free to contact me about what options you have should you decide to retain an attorney to handle this matter for you.
Best of luck.
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You can hire an attorney who will file a notice of appearance, and a written waiver of your presence.
Then, a plea in absentia can be entered.
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