I received a speeding ticket in Colorado and then I missed my court date. I have to take care of the ticket and reschedule a court date. Now there is a warrant out for my arrest. I am not sure if I will have trouble re-entering the US from vancouver to through washington.
There is a warrant for your arrest because you did not go to court to fight a speeding ticket? Something doesn't sound right here. Speeding tickets usually result in a default judgment if you don't show up to contest them. If there IS a warrant for something like not paying the forfeiture associated with the speeding ticket, then it is usually only executable in the state where it originated. Be aware that I said "usually". Typically, misdemeanor warrants are executable within the state, and felony warrants are executable in all fifty states. If you have the money to travel outside the country to Canada, don't you have the money to pay the ticket? You may want to discuss your situation and the facts with an attorney who practices in the jurisdiction from which the warrant comes. He or she will be able to tell you the best course of action.
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You won't be denied access from Canada to the US, but you may have problems getting into Canada in the first place. If there is a bench warrant for failing to appear then your ticket must have been substantial enough to warrant a mandatory appearance rather than a default judgment for failing to pay or appear. Get this cleared up asap. You may be able to get it cleared up sooner through an attorney as they can file a motion to quash the warrant and reschedule a court date for you.
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It isn't clear if you are a Canadian Citizen or an American Citizen or possibly both, Having an open warrant can have immigration consequences. It sounds like the "speeding ticket" was more severe in order for them to issue a warrant. An attorney can get the warrant quashed and the resolve the case. You'll want to contact one in the area.
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