What to do if I recently found out that I have outstanding warrants due to mistakes I made 5 years ago?

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What to do if I recently found out that I have outstanding warrants due to mistakes I made 5 years ago?

I need to know what I need to do to resolve this issue. I have a 4 month old son and am married now. I am not the same person I was when all this originally happened. Obviously, going to jail is not an option.

Asked on August 7, 2013 under Criminal Law, Kansas

Answers:

Stacey Schlimmer / Schlimmer Law, LLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you are unsure of what the warrants are specifically for, you may consider calling the court clerk for all the case details.  Also, some courts have an option to search public record online. Overland Park Municipal Court and Johnson County District Court both have a system online where you can search for your name or case number and you may be able to find some information. If you are uncomfortable calling the court yourself, hire an attorney to investigate the situation for you; you may need an attorney to address the warrants and charges anyway. The attorney may be able to compile the cases to be heard together and possibly obtain a plea arrangement that takes care of all the open cases.  Depending on your charges, you could be looking at court costs, fines and warrant fees....or heavier consequences such as probation or jail time.  Protect yourself and your family and let an attorney help you address these warrants. 

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not jail is an option is a matter for a judge to decide, not you. However, the sooner that you take care of this the better. If you are stopped for a traffic violaton, etc. you can be arrested and taken into custody. And appearing in court courtesy of the jail bus versus appearing voluntarily would not be good. At this point, you need to contact a criminal law attorney who practices in the area of where all of this occurred. They can use their local court contacts to your best advantage.


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