The charge is from 2015, I was accused of shoplifting in north dakota when i live in minnesota. I lived 300 miles away and was not able to appear before a judge. now 3 years later i have moved back to the state, have a child, and want to get this issue resolved. I called the municipal court to verify my warrant. they said i need to come and appear before a judge. I just fear i will be incarcerated when i have a newborn at home.
You are right to be concerned but don’t panic. Typically the court will have you appear to answer to the judge on the charges. If you plead not guilty hey will likely set a follow up hearing but you may have to post some Bail with the court to get released. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area for help with this case. Most attorneys like myself will offer a free consultation to answer questions. Good luck!
I agree with Mr. Haugen. When you have had a Warrant outstanding for 3 years, it's not because of a new born at home. And they will not likely release you on your word again. You need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Mr. Haugen if he's close to the Court in which the case is pending, to represent you so you can stay out of jail by posting Bond or Bail upon your surrender, but surrender as soon as feasible as it doesn't get better with the passage of time.
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