How do I find out the bail amount for an out of state warrant?

I received a moving traffic violation 7 years ago and in pursuing to rectify the fine, I’m facing a warrant but I live out of state.

Asked on February 20, 2016 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

What you need to do now is to hire a NY attorney; try to select one who practices in the court that issued the warrant. They can utilize their local contacts to your best advantage. Don't forget, they will have to deal not only with the FTA but also the underlying charge. Bottom line, you will need to go back to NY to handle this.
Until this is cleared up, if you are stopped by the police for even a minor infraction, you can be arrested and taken into custody on the spot. Even if you are not extradited (and probably wouldn't be for such a minor charge), you will have to go through th embarrassmnt and inconvienece of this, as well as run the risk of being arrested anytime that you may be stopped in the future. Additionally, an employment background check will turn this all up so obtaining employment may be difficult and if you apply for a driver's license your warrant will probably show.


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