Will I go to jail for a retail theft warrant?

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Asked on July 9, 2017 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since a warrant had been issued, at this point you should consult directly with a criminal law attorney. Get one who practices in the area of where the warrant was issued. They can utilize their local court contacts to your best advantage. The sooner you do, the better. The fact is that warrants do not expire, therefore you can be taken into custody at any time, even if you are stopped for just a speeding ticket. In the meanwhile, do not speak to the police without having legal counsel present; you are under no duty to do so. The police are trained and experienced in getting people to incriminate themselves or others. As to the underlying charge, if this is your first offense, you may be able to get "diversion" which is an alternative sentencing program which, if successfuly completed, can leave you with a clean criminal history record.


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