Hialeah, FL asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida

Q: I have a warrant for arrest due to failure to appear would it be better to get legal representation or turn myself in.

Failure to appear is for tickets I did not know I had and I live in a different county and have no knowledge of the citations at all.

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Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It's always best to have an attorney assist you. Depending on the case, you may be able to get the warrant quashed without surrendering. Your lawyer can assist you with digging up the out-of-county citations and help take care of them for you.

Michael Fayard agrees with this answer

Michael Fayard
Michael Fayard
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Hiring an attorney can be a great move for you in this case. Juat like in most cases, an attorney will get better results than a pro se defendant (someone that self-represents).

In your case, an attorney may be able to file a motion to set aside the warrant and get the case resolved without you being arrested, sitting in jail, and then paying a bond.

Henry George Ferro agrees with this answer

Jeffrey H. Garland
Jeffrey H. Garland
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You best find out if there is a bond on that warrant. If so, you could surrender on the warrant, post the bond and deal with the lawyer later. If there is no bond, you definitely need to talk to a lawyer ASAP. Right now, many jails are locked down. It could be difficult to deal with retaining a lawyer from a locked down jail. Also, just getting a court hearing can be a challenge in some counties.

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