If I have a bench warrant out for my arrest for failure to appear on a minor theft charge and I report to the clerk of courts, will I go jail?

Asked on July 7, 2014 under Criminal Law, Ohio


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It depends on why you missed your court date and who the judge is (some or stricter than others). Also, a lot depends on just how your case is presented to the court. That's why having experienced legal counsel with you is important. Additionally, you should consult with an attorney because aside from the Failure to Appear warrant, you still need to address the underlying theft charge.

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