I had received a parking ticket when I was at work. Soon after, I got a summons to appear in court with no court date on the letter. I put the letter aside and forgot all about it. I know that is inexcusable. Now I received a bench warrant. I want to pay everything, but I cannot reach courthouse by phone. I'm afraid to enter the courthouse and get arrested. Any advice?
If it is just a parking ticket, the Court just wants its money. It would be extremely unlikely for them to arrest you under the circumstances. If you have other outstanding warrants for other matters, that would be a different story, but if this is the only thing you should be fine.
If you have an active bench warrant for failure to respond, the best solution is to speak privately and confidentially with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can evaluate your situation and provide assistance with contacting the magistrate and arranging to pay the fine without arrest; especially if there is more than 1 warrant for your arrest. There are a number of qualified attorneys in Reading who can help. Try reaching out to a few. Good luck.
If the bench warrant is solely for the unpaid ticket they only want the money paid. When you go in make sure that you have much more than you may think you owe or have someone on call with the money. Once the money is paid they will immediately release you.
Usually not for something like this.
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