Will I be faced with more charges for getting an underage drinking ticket? 13 Answers as of August 04, 2011

When I was 18yrs old, I received an underage drinking ticket and accidentally missed court because I had lost the ticket. Im 21 yrs old now and I got caught for drinking in public ticket. Would I get in trouble for it when I show to court?

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Lowenstein Law Office
Lowenstein Law Office | Anthony Lowenstein
It depends on several factors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
Yes, you will most likely have a bench warrant and failure to appear if you never returned to resolve the case from a couple years ago. You will have to also deal with that ticket but you can ask the judge to dismiss the failure to appear on the old case if you resolve it when you show up on your new case. You should speak with a criminal defense attorney right way because they can go to court for you on a misdemeanor and clear up both the old case, recall any warrants, request a dismissal of any failure to appears and get an offer and police reports on the new case. This is the best choice because even though it is extremely unlikely they could take you into custody for failing to resolve the old case when you show up on your new case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
Yes, there likely is a warrant out for your arrest and when you appear on the new case, if it is in the same court they will likely know about the old case and you will be facing punishment on both of them. In addition if you plead to the underage drinking matter it could result in your driving privilege being suspended for one year.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/28/2011
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Yes, because on top of the current charge, you porbably have an active warrant out for your arrest. Consider having an attorney appear on your behalf without you, thereby lessening the chances that you will be taken in custody right then and there.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/26/2011
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
Probably, yes. A minor in possession is a misdemeanor and requires that you attend the court date. There is probably a warrant based on your failure to appear. If you go to court on your own instead of sending an attorney for you, you run the risk of being detained.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/26/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    There likely may be a warrant out for your arrest for having missed the appearance. You should check with the court where it was to take place or the police agency involved. If there is you might want an attorney to appear for or with you on the new case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/26/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Get in trouble? If you didnt show up on the original charge, there is an arrest warrant for you. The judge on the current charge is going to force you to deal with that as well as the new charges. Im surprised the arresting officer didnt cuff you. Since neither is a serious or violent crime, I would hope to be able to get you off with no jail time, or very little, but expect fines and probation at the minimum.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    There is probably a warrant in the system. It depends on the judge. Many judges treat failures to appear differently. Do not let the warrant scare you from going to court this time. It will only get worse. Hopefully the judge will give you some community service instead of jail time. Go in the front door of the courthouse. Do not wait to be arrested and brought to court in a bus. Also, you may owe the DMV a one-year suspension of your license for that underage drinking charge. See if the DA will reduce it to disturbing the peace.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    The District Attorney will run you for wants and warrants, when you did not show up on the first case a Bench Warrant would have been issued for your arrest. The district Attorney will inform the court of this. Other than drunk in public you will be charged with non-appearance and underage drinking.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    Assuming they filed charges against you within the statute of limitations and you never went to court, the case is still active and there is probably a warrant out for your arrest. Yes, they'll know about it when you go to court on your new case. The underage case could possibly result in a one year suspension of your license if you're convicted of minor in possession. It's worth it to sit down with a local criminal defense attorney to discuss representation on both cases to minimize the damage.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    You may. The first ticket may have triggered a warrant. You will know when you go to court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    If you had a Court date and failed to appear, the court would likely either put a hold on your drivers license (basically, suspend your drivers license), or issue a bench warrant for your arrest. If at the time you were cited for the new charge, the officer did not mention anything about a bench warrant for your arrest, then perhaps it isn't showing up on your record. In short, it is possible that they may address the failure to appear when you appear for the new charge, and if it is in the same court or county as the last charge, it would increase the chances of it coming up at the next hearing. But, I would have also speculated that the arresting officer would have run a record and saw the failure to appear (and bench warrant if one was issued). Whatever the case, I would recommend consulting with an attorney to talk about your current case in more detail, and to deal with the potential issue of the prior failure to appear.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi | Elliott Zarabi
    Yes, you most probably have a failure to appear and also a warrant out for your arrest. If you get pulled over and the police run your license, you may be taken in. You need to hire an attorney to look into this matter for you and try and recall the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/25/2011
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