If a traffic ticket turned into a warrant will I be arrested on the spot if I go to the court house? 13 Answers as of May 21, 2013I was cited with a fix it ticket for not having a front license plate on my car and after, unfortunately, forgetting about it, I received a letter informing me that I now have a warrant. There was a bail amount set for $660 and told to see a judge. If I go to the courthouse will I a) be arrested on the spot? b) can I have this expunged? c) What sort of criminal offense is this? d) Will a bench warrant show up on a background check? Thank you very much for your help.
Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
Most likely you will be given a chance to deal with the fix it ticket. The court probably said you had a failure to appear, which can be a misdemeanor, but most judges are willing to dismiss those if you show up to deal with the ticket.
Answer Applies to: California
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
You have a traffic citation for the plate, and a bench warrant for your failure to appear. You will be arrested as soon as you appear at the courthouse. Bench warrant is not a criminal offense. A bench warrant will show up as a failure to appear in court. You cannot have bench warrant expunged.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC | Patrick J. McDonnell
You have to answer it. It won't go away. If you posted that $660 bail and failed to show, you've probably lost that bail. If it's just a vehicle and traffic offense, it's not a crime. My advice is to go to court with an attorney at a time when court is in session. Chances are you can take care of that matter right then and there.
Answer Applies to: New York
Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
Most judges withdraw a bench warrant after you make an appearance in court, and then allow you to pay your fine. If the judge withdraws the warrant, then you won't have any criminal history. If you're worried, you can hire an attorney to help you.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Law Office of Edmund P. Allen Jr. | Edmund P. Allen Jr.
Generally, you will not be arrested in the court house for small bail warrants. Procedures vary from court to court, but they can usually quash your warrant at the counter and give you a new court date, or have you go before the judge to ask that the warrant be quashed and a new date set. If the underlying charge required your personal appearance in court, then it was actually some misdemeanor criminal charge. For civil traffic infractions, they usually do not issue warrants if you do not respond. Instead they give you the full fine, send it to collections, and your driver's license will eventually get suspended until you deal with it. Have a good weekend.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
Usually if there is a warrant for this type of offense you would be able to post bail and not be arrested. Once you get the bail taken care of you will be given a new court date that you must appear at and either pay or negotiate some type of resolution with the prosecutor.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
You should be able to pay the ticket and have it end. You shouldn't be arrested if you go to court and let the judge know that you will pay the ticket. It should only show up as a citation and a FTA. Make sure you don't have any drugs or weapons on you when you go to court just in case the judge gets a wild hair and books you. That is unlikely but better safe than sorry.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of Eric S. Lumberg | Eric S. Lumberg
The best thing to do would be to appear at the Court and resolve this issue. It is likely that you can post a bond (less than the specified amount) and then get a court date. From your question, it sounds as if you can resolve this ticket easily by fixing the problem. Many courts will actually dismiss this ticket upon proof of correction. While a bench warrant will show up on any check, it will be removed once it is resolved.
Answer Applies to: Michigan