How do I take care of a warrant? 12 Answers as of September 19, 2011

I had a court date for petty theft, but didn't get the notice in the mail until after the court date, so now I have a warrant. Is there a late fee? and how do I go about taking care of it?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
You need to try to get the court clerk to put the matter on calendar for you to appear before you get arrested. An attorney who knows the local court might help.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/19/2011
Bensmochan & Poghosyan, LLP
Bensmochan & Poghosyan, LLP | Ruzanna Poghosyan
You have to retain a criminal defense attorney. Your attorney, with you present, will appear in Court, recall the warrant and quash it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2011
Law Office of Gerald E. Smith
Law Office of Gerald E. Smith | Gerald E. Smith
if one has a warrant it would be advisable to contact an attorney. If you try to handle it yourself and go to the court to take care of it, there is a chance that you could be placed in custody right there. Call an attorney and discuss the case, it may be one the attorney can handle easily without a significant cost.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2011
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
If a person has a bench warrant because of a missed court date that person should go to the court issuing the warrant as soon as possible. At the court house go to the clerks office and tell them that you would like to have your case called to address a warrant. When you get to the court room check in with the bailiff and wait for your case to be called. When it is called explain to the judge what happened. Do not make excuses and dont blame anyone else. If you express regret the judge most likely not put you in jail. For most misdemeanors and infractions if you come in on your own you will be ok.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2011
Law Offices of James A Bates
Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
You go to court ASAP and visit the clerk's office. The clerk will send you to a courtroom to see the judge. You will need to explain why you did not go to court on the date listed on your citation, assuming you got one. If you did not get a citation it is easier. Just go in and tell them that you just heard there was an arrest warrant and there will be no failure-to-appear problem.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    You should hire an attorney to appear in court for you and have the Judge recall the warrant. If you go to the court on your own, you are running the risk of being detained and having to post bail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    Go to the court calendaring department and ask them to put you back on calendar, usually it doesn't cost anything.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts | Andrew Stephen Roberts
    You need to get the matter put back on calendar. You can go to the clerk and do this. I strongly suggest you get an attorney for offense.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Go to the court house and set a court appearance. Attend. When your case is called just tell judge you did not get notice until after cout date in letter. May want to retain counsel as he/she can set a date sooner than you can and the warrant remains active until you appear in court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    No there is no late fee, but there will be a lawyer fee when you hire someone to go to court to recall the warrant and deal with the petty theft charge. It is better than going to court by yourself, where you could be taken in custody or made to pay a bail. An attorney can appear without you and can often recall the warrant with no punishment, especially when it involved a late mail notice.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi | Rodney Nosratabadi
    Your best bet is to hire counsel and arrange for a surrender to the court. Then we can make a pitch to the DA and judge and get you released on your own recognizance instead of having to go to jail and posting bail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    You should immediately hire a criminal defense law firm to help you. If a warrant was issued that means that bail is attached to the warrant and that means that if you are arrested you will go to jail until you post the bail. You can retain an experienced law firm like our law firm to go to court and ask the court to recall the warrant so you are not arrested and do not have to post bail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2011
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