Q: Skipped Court DUI
Long story short, I received a DUI exactly 10 yrs/1 mo ago and I have never been to court for it. So obviously I know I have an FTA (Most Likely) When I log in to the cities website and go to pay fines off, I then enter my License # and my DOB, which brings up two citations, one for Failure to maintain lane and then a DUI Less Safe. Fines for both are close to 2800 EVEN and they require my presence in court obviously. Question is, once I go to the court clerks office with the full amount in hand and after I pay it, what will happen? I know jail but how long do you assume? I WASN'T CITIED OR CHARGED WITH NOTHING ELSE THEN WHAT I LISTED ABOVE ON THAT DAY.
A: What city is this in? You will likely need a lawyer.
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A: Unfortunately, It isn’t that simple. When you go to court they will not let you just pay the fine. You will first be arrested and detained until the judge will see you about the warrant and FTA. Then the judge doesn’t have to take your plea, the judge can reset your case for you to review discovery etc. you may want to call an attorney before you open this literal can of worms.
A: On top of the Failure to appear suspension that is possible, it is also likely that the court has ordered a bench warrant for your arrest. If you turn yourself in, it is likely that you will be able to bond out soon after processing. If you hire a local attorney, they may be able to simplify the process as well as assist you on your underlying DUI and failure to maintain lane charges.
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