Q: FTA warrant
Hello , in November 2017 I was pulled over for having fake plates . I rented a bmw, and had the bmw under my insurance for the rented time. I did not know the plates were fake. The car was seized from the police. The women who rented me the car also got arrested , but I’m stuck with tickets and fines. In November I had a court date that I couldn’t make it to. I contacted the court and faxed them why I couldn’t make it I was being evicted. I thought everything was fine until I realized I have a bench warrant , I’m about to drive a uhaul truck across states in one week. I found out today and called the clerk, she said $500 for a new court date. I don’t have $500 and she isn’t giving me any more options. I’m terrified of being pulled over in my new week activities and getting detained in another state. What should I do?
A: The best advise is to find a friend and see if they can loan you the money or to go to court when it is in session and beg the court for mercy which unfortunately is generally not given when you miss a court date.
You can borrow the money from friends or family and get a new court date assigned. You can also attend court when it is in session and ask (beg) the judge to set a new court date without requiring the bail payment. It is uncommon for judges to reduce the bail when the warrant is for missing a prior court date. The bail is thought to be a guarantee of your appearance at future court dates.
If you do decide to go to court to seek a lower bail make sure to bring recent pay stubs and bank statements. Having proof of your financial situation might help get the judge to lower the bail amount to be something you can afford. Depending on your exact charges you should also contact an attorney to represent you in the traffic ticket case.
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