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Q: Arrested released moved to florida during virus i was needed at home What happens to case

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William Bailey
William Bailey
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: That depends on whether there has been a hearing. Many cases have been put on hold so you may not have missed anything. However, if you have missed a hearing, there is likely a warrant out for your arrest. It would be wise to have an attorney in MN retained to assist you with this to ensure you don't miss anything and to help avoid a conviction.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: I'm having a hard time understanding the question with the provided information. But I'll try to guess. If a person fails to appear ("FTA") at their criminal court appearance, I would expect the judge to issue a bench warrant for that person's arrest by law enforcement officers. Most arrest warrants are "body only," so being booked into jail is necessary to clear the warrant. Some warrants have a preset bail. For those, the fugitive can post the bail to get a new court date. But if you did not miss a court appearance that was postponed at the last minute due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there would be no warrant for FTA. In that event, be sure to make the next court appearance. Call your lawyer if you have one. Otherwise, call me or another defense attorney.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: It will continue to remain in the system and a warrant will likely be issued for your arrest if you don’t appear in court. You could be extradited back to MN depending on the circumstances.

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