Can we find which charge she failed to appear for? 6 Answers as of September 17, 2010

My daughter had lived with us up until recently. She has been off living with her boyfriend out of state for about 3 months or so. We were just informed by one of her friends that she has a failure to appear charge on her but we do not know what her original charges are. How can we find what she failed to appear for and how can we help her?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
You may be able to go onto the county sheriffs criminal database website and put in her name, DOB, SS# and see the warrant and charges. That much is generally public accessible info. You help her by hiring an attorney to appear in that court to seek withdrawal of the arrest warrant, and then to handle the criminal charges as they should have been at the time. Your daughter will have to cooperate with the attorney and provide him all the info and help he needs. If this is a felony, she will have to appear personally at every court appearance. If it is a misdemeanor, the attorney can appear without her. You will need to hire an attorney local to the court. If this is in Southern California courts, and you are serious about doing so, feel free to contact me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/17/2010
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
You can find out by talking with her or by calling the court clerk of the court in the county that she is charged in. You can help her by having her contact me with the facts of her case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/17/2010
Law Offices of Juan Dotson
Law Offices of Juan Dotson | Juan Dotson
If your daughter has failed to appear at criminal court, chances are they judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

If the charges are in Orange County, Riverside, Los Angeles, or San Bernardino counties, you can do a defendant search on the court's website. You may have to pay for the LA county search. Otherwise, you can obtain the information visiting the clerks office.

You can help her by informing her of the pending criminal charges and by asking her if she wants to be represented by an attorney so she knows what to expect. An attorney will also prepare her for her upcoming court hearings.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/17/2010
Law Office of Joe Dane
Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
Your first place to start can be the court clerk from the county where this happened. If the records (or the sheriff's department) has online case and warrant access, you could start here as well. Or - since she will have to face the music anway, you can contact a criminal defense attorney in the county where he case is and go from there.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2010
Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
Depending on what county it was in, you can check on the web page for the court in that county and many have public access to criminal records
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2010
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