Freeport, ME asked in Criminal Law for Maine

Q: Is there anyway to resolve an out of state bench warrant without going to that state?

I live in Maine and have a nine year old bench warrant in Florida for a misdemeanor and failure to appear, the last thing I want to do is go to Florida. Are there any options I can try from Maine?

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Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bangor, ME
  • Licensed in Maine

A: You can try resolving it from Maine but will need a Florida lawyer because it's a Florida case. I lawyer in Florida may be able to get the warrant vacated and resolve it without you having to return to Florida.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Baton Rouge, LA

A: I agree with the options suggested by attorney Tzovarras. A lot of times the willingness of a jurisdiction to not require you to return to answer a bench warrant depends on (1) the underlying charge (traffic, misdemeanor, felony) and (2) what you are willing to do with the underlying charge. If it's a traffic ticket or a fine owed, it is entirely possible that if you pay what's owed and the bench warrant fee, then you can do so without appearing, but the best thing to do is get a Florida lawyer to assist and represent you.

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