What if you have an outstanding warrant in CT, but now live in NC and have a disabled wife to care for, can the court give alternate punishment?

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I assume by "alternate punishment" you mean probation.  The answer is it all depends.  First off, what was the warrant issued for?  The more serious the offense the greater probability that you will do jail time and for a longer period; if it was for a lesser offense you may get probation or serve very minimal time.  Also, if you voluntarily turn yourself in that will weigh heavily in your favor. Additionally, if you have an otherwise clean criminal record that will help.  Obviously, your home situation may also affect the judge's decision to some extent.

You need to consult an attorney in the area where the warrant was issued.  He'll know the judges and can best arrange for your turning yourself in. 

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I assume by "alternate punishment" you mean probation.  The answer is it all depends.  First off, what was the warrant issued for?  The more serious the offense the greater probability that you will do jail time and for a longer period; if it was for a lesser offense you may get probation or serve very minimal time.  Also, if you voluntarily turn yourself in that will weigh heavily in your favor. Additionally, if you have an otherwise clean criminal record that will help.  Obviously, your home situation may also affect the judge's decision to some extent.

You need to consult an attorney in the area where the warrant was issued.  He'll know the judges and can best arrange for your turning yourself in. 


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