A friend of mine was pulled over in Mesa and arrested for a warrent from Maricopa city that was payed last year in may or june. Is that legal?

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A friend of mine was pulled over in Mesa and arrested for a warrent from Maricopa city that was payed last year in may or june. Is that legal?

Not only did the cop pull him over and wrongfully arrested him but he repeatedly said “I would of let you go but I have nothing better to do”. And today they added another warrent for him and he’s gonna be in jail until he pays $1,300. It turns out that he had missed a court date in Maricopa and letters were sent to his old address and he never got them.

Asked on April 27, 2009 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

A warrant doesn't get "paid".  A warrant is for the person's arrest based on an underlying violation.  Here it sounds for failure to pay tickets?

So, missing court dates and not paying tickets, well....these wind up as warrants.  Doesn't matter what the officer said (sounds like a jerk) because he had the rightful authority to arrest him. Your friend should have ensured his tickets were paid.  If he has receipts showing paid and nothing due, and he paid them BEFORE an arrest warrant would have issued, then he needs to show the court. 

If he is in jail, he has a right to a public defender.  If he wants private counsel, try www.attorneypages.com.


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