Im a resident in Michigan. I was in Atlanta for summer vacation and was pulled over because my out of state plate was ran n it came back a pick up truch and its a Tahoe. I was taken to Clayton county for 2days with a bond of 1,300 bonded out with bondsman for 350. I tried to stay in ga, fr 9/6/2014 until 10/22/2104 waiting for court date. Family moved vacation was over. I came back to Michigan and on 11/18/2014 I was called by the bondsman at about 7/8 pm telling me court is 11/26/2014. I called my court appointed lawyer n after 4days and 4messeages i finally was told today that it doesn't matter and a bench warrant will b issued, if I run into the police here, I will be held and ga will come get me. I just want to know if I have any other options in this. Please help
I do not believe you will be extradited to Georgia for a DWLS charge, but it is NOT a good idea to have open warrants for you in another State. Be sure to get those open Georgia charges resolved in full with your Georgia lawyer, or the Michigan Secretary of State may suspend your Michigan driving privileges as a result of that open Georgia charge(s). I wish you all the best of luck, and Happy Holidays! Warmest regards, Matt Catchick.
Your best course of action would be to hire an attorney in GA to handle the matter. No offense to court appointed lawyers as many are excellent attorneys. However, they are also overwhelmed and often cannot expend the time and resources that need to be put into a matter.
As for whether you would be picked up, it is hard to say. I was an officer for 20 + years. Generally unless it is for murder, rape or robbery, etc. they will not extradite you. I highly doubt the police department will do so unless you are close to the Georgia and get stopped e.g. in Kentucky. However, I suspect the bondsman may have someone pick you up for violating your bond. Again, I cannot stress hiring an attorney down in GA someone local with a good reputation. Otherwise this will just snowball into more problems later down the road. AVVO is a great place to start. Best of luck.
Not likely. However, you never know. Hire an attorney in the other state to get it resolved.
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Failing to appear for court is a big issue - one that will remain with you until you deal with it. Thus, I would not advise failing to appear under any circumstance.
I would be personally surprised if Georgia extradited you on a petty misdemeanor charge, that said it is certainly not impossible (depending on the zealousness of the bondsman, they may track you down as well). You may want to call a private attorney in the Atlanta area to determine if there is another way to better handle the matter (and get the 11/26/2014 hearing adjourned to a date that you can make it down there for). If you are going to contact another attorney in the Atlanta area, time is of the essence, so I would start making those calls in the morning (or you may even leave a couple messages tonight).
Avvo.com is a good starting point to find criminal defense attorneys anywhere. Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab. In first box, enter "Criminal Defense", and in second box, enter "Atlanta, Georgia".
Best of Luck.
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I agree with these other attorneys but want to add that as a former bail bondsman, while you are not likely to be extradited by the police, you may very well get picked up at any time by bail bondsman or bounty hunters. Because the bail agency has their own money on the line, they may very likely come up to Michigan to get you or hire a local bond agency to get you. They get to charge you extra money to come and get you and they do not need to go through the extradition process - they can just drag you back in handcuffs. They have complete authority to arrest you at any time even without a warrant. The law even allows them to kick in your door to get you. I hope it does not come to this as you would be better served to have your current lawyer work out a time for you to go down there are get things resolved. I wish you the best.
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