HOW CAN I SETTLE A WARRANT IN KANSAS IF I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND HAVE NO WAY TO GET BACK TO KANSAS?

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HOW CAN I SETTLE A WARRANT IN KANSAS IF I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND HAVE NO WAY TO GET BACK TO KANSAS?

I RENTED A CAR IN KANSAS. I RETURNED IT LATE. I NOWFOUND OUT THEY HAVE A FELONY WARRANT OUT IN KANSAS FOR ME. I AM NOT A CRIMINAL. I WANT TO SETTLE THIS, BUT I CANT GET TO KANSAS. I DIDN’T STEAL THE CAR. IT WAS RETURNED LATE.

Asked on May 20, 2009 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The problem is that you are now wanted by the police in KA.  If the FL police find out that you have this warrant they can arrest you and bring you to KA to deal with the charge.  I suggest that you hire a KA lawyer to look into the matter.  however, you are going to be required to turn yourself in at some time and go to court to deal with it.  Having a lawyer in KA will certainly help you get through this.  Give the lawyer all the paper work regarding the later returned car and explain the situation.  You just don't want to wake up one morning with FL police at your door taking you away. 

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Hire yourself a Kansas attorney; one that is local to the court that issued the warrant.  He should have contacts with the prosecutor's office there.  In a case such as yours, assuming you have stated all the facts, they may be able to handle a matter such as this administratively; possibly a fine and you may not even have to appear.  The sooner that you handle this the sooner it will be behind you. 

Remember - warrants don't expire so this situation isn't just going to go away.  Even if Kansas doesn't come after you (and they might), if you are stopped for a traffic ticket or have a employment background check this could turn up.

Additionally, you will also want to speak to your attorney about having your record sealed or expunged.  It might be available to you based on the outcome of your case.  Having a felony conviction isn't something that you want.  This will clear your criminal record. 


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