Long Beach, CA asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for California

Q: Family member failed to appear in court because he is already in jail for another crime.

Hello! My brother previously committed a crime in which he had to appear in court for his bench warrant hearing. However, a few weeks later he was arrested for a hit and run crime and has been in jail, which he is serving a 4 month sentence. However, he just received a letter saying that he has a warrant for his arrest since since he didn't make the hearing. I sent an email to his public defender with his booking number and information regarding the hit and run about a month back and she thanked me for the notice. If this is the case, why is he still being told that he has a warrant out for not being able to make the court hearing? The court should know by now that he is imprisoned. Any information that could help would be appreciated. In california

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info is needed.

if it is the same courthouse, I would think the PD would automatically handle it by adding to the calendar and moving to quash the bench warrant.

i would probably merge both cases and work out a package deal if possible.

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