How to get the warant and fine/bail dropped without paying for missing preliminary exam in California? 11 Answers as of July 10, 2013

My fiance was attacked and robbed. He was affraid to attend court in fear the attackers or their associate(s) would retaliate on him for getting them put in jail and taken to court. He now had a $1,500 bail and a warrant. The police pulled him over and let him know then let him go. We believe they let him go because they searched my car (the car is not his) he has no past of violence or any run in besides speeding and parking tickets. What should he say and do? Thank you.

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A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
He must appear in court to re-call the warrant or he can have an attorney appear in court for him to have the warrant re-called if he is concerned about going into court on his own. He can get taken into custody if he is stopped by the police again and then he will be forced to post bail to get released. Further, warrants will show up on all background checks so this could create additional problems for him.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/18/2011
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux | Scott Tibbedeaux
If there was a subpoena was issued, then you need to check with an attorney because he would face contempt penalties. The penalties may stay in place until the subpoena is complied with. If the warrant and fine/bail is due to the subpoena, valid reasons for objecting to the subpoena should be reviewed with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2011
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
He should contact the District Attorney's Office immediately and let them know his reasons for not complying with the subpoena. There are ways witnesses and victims can be protected.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/13/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
Your fiance should immediately retain a criminal defense law firm in the city where the warrant is pending. The lawyer can then go to court and explain the situation and ask that the court release him on his own recognizance and then he can have the lawyer fight the charges that have been brought against him. Your boyfriend was very fortunate the officers did not arrest him on the warrant. The next time he is stopped he likely will not be as lucky.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
How?? To handle a warrant, you must turn yourself into the court, with or without an attorney, and try to negotiate a recall of the warrant and a plea bargain on the new Failure to Appear charge, negotiate bail or OR, and negotiate any outstanding charges that caused the warrant. Doing so voluntarily will result in a better outcome than being brought in cuffs to court after arrest on the warrant like should have happened at that stop. Effective plea-bargaining, using whatever legal defenses, facts and sympathies there may be, could possibly keep you out of jail or at least reduce it. For a misdemeanor, the attorney can appear in court without the defendant being present, and any plea bargain deal could be handled by notarized paperwork. While this isn't a 'capital case', you face potential jail and fines, so handle it right.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    He should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. I understand his fears but if a warrant was issued for his non-appearance in court then he will need to take care of it. The next time he gets pulled over he may not be so lucky. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Arrange to appear in the court that issued the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/4/2013
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    He will eventually get arrested so I would contact an attorney or the prosecuting attorney if he doesn't think he needs his own to get the warrant set aside.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    He needs to go to the court that issued the warrant and talk with the judge. He should be able to clear it up with one show up.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/10/2013
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Do you mean that your fiance was supposed to be a witness for the DA and a warrant was issued when failed to appear to testify? If he missed the appearance because he was scared he really needs to just contact the DA's office and tell them that. The DA is trying to get justice for HIM, not make his life more miserable. It is common for victims to not want to testify out of fear. The DA has ways to deal with this problem but he needs to let them know and they will work with him.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Show up in court like he was supposed to.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/4/2013
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