What should I do if I moved one state to anotherand got a ticketthat I forgot aboutand now I have a warrant out?

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What should I do if I moved one state to anotherand got a ticketthat I forgot aboutand now I have a warrant out?

I cannot afford the bail or to return to CA from MA.

Asked on August 12, 2011 California

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Well, the long and the short of it is you will have to be able to afford it somehow, whether it means you contact a lawyer in California to help you sort out this mess or you go back to California and see if you can have a hearing on the matter. The courts do not tolerate someone forgetting about a matter, especially if the underlying item could have been taken care of via a simple payment of a fine and possibly traffic school. You may also wish to contact the clerk of court and see what options they may have if you really cannot do any of the above. Perhaps there will be a local option to simply pay the fine amount with a guilty plea and the court will redact the bench warrant.


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