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VIOLATION OF PROBATION OR NEW CRIMINAL CASE?
Were you ticketed by a LEO (Law Enforcement Agency) but failed to appear (FTA) in court on the ticket? If so, a BENCH WARRANT was issued for your arrest.
With a bench warrant issued, YOU ARE AT RISK EVERY TIME YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL and are stopped for anything from a minor traffic stop (i.e. expired registration tags, head or tail light out, etc.) to more serious offenses (reckless driving, DUI, etc.).
LEO’s routinely run warrant checks on all traffic stops. The BENCH WARRANT for your arrest will show up in their computerized system and YOU WILL BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT. Your car will be impounded and you could wait up to 72 hours in JAIL (if picked up over a weekend) for your arraignment on the FTA (which is misdemeanor itself punishable to up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine).
Don’t let that happen to you. Your continued employment may be jeopardized not only because you couldn’t go to work while locked up but employers nowadays run criminal background checks, even if you’ve been with the company for years, and if they find out you are or have been charged with a misdemeanor, YOU COULD LOSE YOUR JOB.
What you need to know if you miss court.
The same things apply to VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION (VOP). In most misdemeanor cases, you are placed on three (3) years Summary Probation (no probation officer) on certain terms and conditions which include violate no law but while on probation you picked up a new criminal offense triggering a VOP charge which alone could result in JAIL TIME being imposed. Other common VOP’s include: failing to pay your fines on time; enroll in and complete Drunk Driving or MADD Classes on time; report to jail, sign up for work furlough, etc..
There are many reasons why people don’t appear in court in the date set or don’t/can’t keep up with their terms of probation due to otherlife pressing problems. However, the longer you wait to clean up the wreckage of the past, the more problems you will face when the JUDICIAL SYSTEM CATCHES UP WITH YOU.
You don’t have to continue living in FEAR, looking over your shoulder and wondering WHEN, NOT IF, you get picked up for on a Bench Warrant or VOP. I can appear in court for you to get the warrant recalled and/or have your VOP charges set aside and get your Probation terms reinstated. In some instances, I can get your work furlough converted to community service instead.