Will my record be cleared if I appear for my bench warrant? How? 7 Answers as of September 01, 2015I have a bench warrant for a first time marijuana possession ticket (well under one ounce). This warrant has kept me from getting a good job because it came up on my background check. If I appear and do my time or pay my fine, will it then go off my record?
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
You will have to quash that warrant and resolve the criminal matter before anything is taken off your record. If the case is dismissed and it involves simple possession of marijuana, you can seal your record immediately thereafter. Otherwise, you will have to wait two years after the completion of your case to seal your record and have it removed therefrom.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
No. You will have to hire a lawyer to represent you if you want to get the marijuana charge dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense, such as "Littering." If you hire a lawyer, the lawyer can lift your warrant without you having to pay the bond or appear in court (but it depends on which court your case is being prosecuted in and also depends on whether you have a history of multiple warrants.) If you appear in court with an active warrant, they will arrest you and put you in jail. If you can pay the bond, they will usually give you a new court date and release you. If you choose to stay in jail, you will stay until the next time they have court. Then you will go before the judge, who will sentence you if you plead guilty. (Maximum penalty in Missouri for misdemeanor marijuana possession is 1 year in jail and $1,000 fine.) If you plead guilty and do your time in jail, you will end up with a drug conviction on your permanent criminal record, which will prevent you from getting a job, renting an apartment, getting a loan, etc. There is no way to remove a drug conviction from your criminal record, so I highly recommend that you hire an attorney to represent you.
Answer Applies to: Missouri