Got into am argument with my ex and the owner of the property called the cops for trespassing and now I have to go turn myself in since there's a warrant for my arrest. I've never been in any kind of trouble before so don't know what's gonna happen or how much this is gonna cost me.
first of all, its better to turn yourself in rather than wait to be captured. what the bond will be is determined by severity of the crime (low), your criminal history (none you state) and your flight risk and risk to the community. a personal bond (no money) is quite possible. hire a good lawyer and have them set up an appointment for you to appear at the court. but don't delay.
In adding to what Mr. Dickson stated, it is possible that there is a bond set on the face of the warrant. You might try to call the court and ask if a bond has already been set. If bond is set, you have two options: (1) When you go to turn yourself in, bring that amount of money with you. You're fingerprints and photograph will be taken, and you will be released with a court date. (2) Turn yourself in and don't post the bond. You will generally be arraigned within about 48 hours in most courts, and at that time, you can ask for a personal (no money) bond, or ask that it be reduced from the amount that was originally set on the face of the bond. Option #1 is probably preferable to most people.
When you turn yourself in for trespassing you will need to be arraigned. Arraignment just means that a magistrate or Judge reads the charge against you and possible penalty, enters a plea on your behalf (not guilty, guilty, or stand mute), and sets bail. If you turn yourself in, with no prior record, the chances are high that the magistrate or Judge will set a personal bond (which means you do not have to pay money to stay out of jail while the case is pending). When a magistrate or Judge considers bail, typically what they consider is whether or not you are a flight risk, and whether or not you pose any sort of danger to the community. The magistrate or Judge can place conditions on your bail such as no contact with your ex, no drugs/alcohol; drug/alcohol testing, etc.
You should consider hiring a experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you for the following reasons:
1. If you hire a lawyer to represent you, you may be able to bypass the arraignment and proceed to a pretrial date.
2. The experienced criminal lawyer can properly defend you and try and gain an acquittal.
3. The experienced criminal lawyer can, when appropriate, negotiate on your behalf to try and keep the offense off of your record, reduce the offense, and/or obtain a favorable sentence.
How much it will cost you depends on who you hire, whether or not you go to trial, and what the result is that you obtain. Outside of an acquittal, it is likely you will have to pay court costs/fees. There could be other fees as well such as for programs/counseling, drug/alcohol testing, etc.
Again, my advice is to hire a lawyer.
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