I missed a court date and have a bench warrent can I contact the judge to quash the warrent myself the public defender is no help to me

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I missed a court date and have a bench warrent can I contact the judge to quash the warrent myself the public defender is no help to me

Since my case started the appointed public defender in my case has been pressuring me to sign a plea although i am not guilty he has repeatedly said I will lose at trial because I am Mexican and have brown skin. he has never said anything positive or wanted to help me now since due to my busy schedule i missed a court date he said that he’ll try to put in a motion to get the warrent quashed but doesnt know how long it will take and that i will be arrested before it happens I have a son and need to handle this situation ASAP What should or can I do? Plus can I still save my bond that was posted

Asked on June 24, 2009 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'm not an Arizona lawyer, but I think it's very unlikely that a judge would pay any attention to your letter, since you have an attorney representing you.  You need to ask your public defender what you need to do right now so that you're not arrested, if that's possible;  you may be able to "turn yourself in" and no matter what happens, you will probably have to post additional bond.

You haven't mentioned what the charges against you are for, what the missed court appearance was going to be and why you weren't there.  There's a fairly good chance that those facts, among others, will have something to do with how this gets resolved.


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