What to do if there’s an arrest warrant out for me for a felony?

I used a device illegally. When I turn myself in and get arraigned will they let me out on PR bond since I’ve been co-operative and have never been arrested before? And will I be able to plead it down to a misdemeanor?

Asked on February 2, 2013 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

Jeffrey Kaplan / Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Kaplan

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The answer to your original question is simple - you have to turn yourself in or spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder until you get caught. As my colleague from California mentions, consult with an attorney. If you can't afford one, you will have to turn yourself in, get arraigned, and request one.

I don't know if you will get a PR bond for a felony. Your or your attorney will have to make the argument for it. Some of the things a judge considers when setting bond is: the severity of the crime; the likelihood of the defendant appearing in court for his hearings; the danger to the public if the defendant is freed. 

Good luck to you.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The best way to resolve the matter is to consult with a criminl defense attorney to assist. The attorney will arrange for a date to appear for the arraignment and at that time the court will decide issues as to bail. You will enter a plea presumably of not guilty. Once done, the court will set a settlement conference date where you can try and negotiate a settlement where the charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Given the seriousness of the charge, I suggest you retain a criminal defense attorney.


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