Missed a cout date to a driving without a license ticket.

I missed my court date collections sent a letter to my employment requesting
garnishment of my wages. i want to know hat are the chances that I have an arrest
warrant for it? How do i rectify my error?

Asked on August 21, 2016 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you do not show up for a court appearance, in most cases the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. If a bench warrant has been issued due to your failure to appear, it may only be a matter of time before the police place you under arrest. Even if the police aren’t actively looking to find you since the underlying charge is just a traffic offense, any encounter with them likely will end in your being taken into custody (and just driving down the road can result in your license plate being scanned and matched with the warrant). Additionally, the warrant will show up in an employment background check. At this point, you'll need to voluntarily "turn yourself in" to the court in order to clear this all up. However, you should first consult directly with a criminal law attorney who practices in the area of where the warrant was issued. They can best use their local court contacts to help you with all of this by possibly convincing the judge to quash the warrant and get you a new court date, with no further penalties.


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