What should I do regarding an outstanding 5 year old warrant?

I was supposed to turn myself in for a DUI conviction and do 4 months jail time. I left the state, for good reason, before my turn-in date. I have not been back. I’ve been working for 4 years now supporting my 3 kids. Have not been in any other trouble since. Is there a way I can take care if this without having to do the jail time. I can’t get a better job with this on my background. If I leave I would be fired. Is there anyway I could handle it frim another state?

Asked on April 1, 2017 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You need to take care of this sooner than later. The fact is that a warrant does not expire. Additionally, as you are aware, it will show up in an employment or similar background check. At this point, you should contact a criminal law attorney in the area of where the warrants were issued as they can best advise you further. However, you will have to travel back and appear personally before a judge.


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