If I have a 7 month old warrant for my arrest because of telecommunications harassment, what can I do?

I have not had any contact with this person in the past 7 months and there is evidence we were both in the wrong. I never threatened her but I did say very mean things. She came to my house and also threatened myself and unborn child. This was between myself and my fiancés ex-girlfriend who refused to take their break up seriously. I have never been in trouble before and I don’t want to spend time in jail. What can I do?

Asked on July 24, 2015 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The first thing that you should do is to consult directly with a criminal law attorney. The fact is that warrants don't expire; they remain active until withdrawn by a court which won't happen until you appear before a judge. The police could come and pick you up at home in front of friends and/or family, at work infront of your boss and co-workers, etc. Even if they don't actively search for you, the warrant will turn up in an employment backround check or a simple traffice stop (speeding, jaywalking, etc.). Again speak with a local lawyer about this. It will be better for you if you appear in court voluntarily as oppossed to turning up courtesy of the jail bus.


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