In 1983 I got a DUI arrest in ca. I missed court date and moved to another state.
Highly unlikely. You should retain counsel to take this off the books for you because it is likely that there is a warrant. I've handled many of these aged cases for people that live out of state. Typically, you won't need to return. However, if you do come back without taking care of it you may spend a day or two as a guest of Governor Brown, so take care of it before you return. Good luck.
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In all likelihood, they not only won't have a file, but the cops are probably retired or dead! That doesn't mean you won't get picked up on a warrant if it is still in the system. So they may be able to prosecute, just not successfully!
You need an attorney . Highly unlikely you will get prosecuted - but stranger things have happened in West Covina. You still will have to deal with DMV .
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL, DUI AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY
You should get a good local defense attorney to help you proactively handle this. Because, yes, there may well still be an active warrant in the system for you, and if you get pulled over for something, you could get taken to jail. Further, your driving privileges in Calif. are certainly gone, and so there will be DMV issues you need to address in order to legally drive in California, too. Lawyer up. Good luck.
You probably have a warrant in the system. I'd get an attorney and get it cleared up.
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