St Louis, MO asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Idaho

Q: How can I protect myself against a bias judge who lied about my being in court put a fake warrant out for my arrest.

I have since sanctioned him and the magistrate in that county and am to appear again soon. How can I expect that to go well and I am representing myself making it more difficult to navigate. The debt has been paid as well which I have proof of. It’s all been paid. The bonds were taken out a second time after the first had been paid. Isn’t that fraud?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: I would suggest a few things in this situation:

1. Gather all documentation you have showing the debt has been paid and any other evidence that supports your case. Having solid documentation will be key.

2. Consider requesting a different judge for the next hearing, since you feel this judge is biased against you. There may be a process to file a motion for recusal or change of judge.

3. See if you can have a lawyer assist you or at least consult with one before the next hearing. Navigating the legal system on your own can be very difficult. Even having a lawyer help draft motions or advise you could be beneficial. There are sometimes low-cost and pro bono options available.

4. When at the hearing, stick to the facts and documentation. Avoid emotional arguments or accusations, as hard as that may be. Present your evidence in a clear and logical way pointing out the details showing you do not owe any debt or warrant.

5. If the outcome still seems unjust, look into options for appealing the decision to a higher court. An appeals process would allow a new, neutral judge to review the case.

Document thoroughly each step of the way. And continue to seek guidance from legal professionals when possible. I wish you the best in getting this resolved fairly.

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