Hickory, NC asked in Criminal Law for North Carolina

Q: My court appointed attorney told me I had an FTA with 25000 secure bond but 4 days later no warrant issued. Why?

My lawyer said due to cases being so old he could not get it continued in district court even though I was outta town with car issues and told me the just issued an FTA with 25000 secure bond and now 5 days later including the weekend they have not issued a warrant

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Charlie Gray
Charlie Gray
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: An FTA is not the same thing as an Order for Arrest (OFA). It is possible an OFA has not been issued yet, some counties allow a grace period between the missed court date and issuing an OFA to give people with a good reason for missing court a chance to fix it. It is also possible there is an OFA for you but they just have not served you yet. This can be due to the police not having a current address to find you, the police are busy and have not gotten to it yet, or a number of other reasons. Ask your attorney if there has already been an OFA issued and, if so, if there is any way to have it recalled.

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