If I was charged with a DWI 9 years ago but never went to court, what are my options now?

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If I was charged with a DWI 9 years ago but never went to court, what are my options now?

I was under the impression that this had been taken care of when it happened 9 years ago. I never heard anything else from the court or police. I went to renew my license in GA and found out that it has been suspended and I have a bench warrant issued because of this charge. How can they just now decide to suspend my license and all after 9 years? What options do I have?

Asked on August 25, 2011 North Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Well you need to clear up the bench warrant.  Yes, it is odd that it took them 9 years to catch up with you but sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly.  Eventually they do catch up with you.  What you need to do is surrender yourself voluntarily and it may be a very good idea for you to hire an attorney to run interference for you. I am still trying to figure out how you could have thought that the matter was "taken care of" with out paying a fine or going to court.  But be that as it may you need to address it now.  Depending on what evidence they still have on the matter and in the court file, you could be in a better position that the warrant implies.  Get legal help.  Good luck.


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