Not appearing in court for a criminal case when ordered to do so results in a default.
When a person defaults, the court issues a warrant for their arrest. This warrant is recorded in a government database indefinitely. If a police officer finds out that person has a warrant out for their arrest, they must arrest you on the spot and either take you to the courthouse to appear before a judge or to jail until the next time the court is open.
If a default warrant is not removed soon, it could lead to consequences other than arrest, including:
- Having your license suspended
- Termination or suspension of government benefits like Medicare, unemployment, and Social Security
- Higher or no bail
How to Remove a Default Warrant
The best way to remove a default warrant is to do so on your own terms, by preparing with a criminal attorney what to say and how. It is important to make the case why the consequences for not appearing as you are supposed to should be minimal.
A default can occur in a number of ways. A person could skip their arraignment or not show up for a court date after the case has been arraigned. An overdue payment owed to the court is another way.
It is vital for the defendant to sit down with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, understand why they defaulted, and gather documents and information before going into court. The optimal attorney will ensure that the defaulted goes into court with every resource available to keep them out of jail and avoiding a high bail.
The most important thing is to take the initiative and not wait for the police to arrest you. Take the initiative with Attorney William Barabino. Contact him by calling his Medford, Massachusetts law office at 781-393-5900 to learn more.
Default from Warrant Owed to a Court
If a warrant is outstanding simply because a person owes money, generally the court will remove the default and even close the case if the person appears on their own and appears with the money that they owe the court.
Even though a default warrant requires someone to physically appear, on occasion, if someone lives out of state, it is possible to remove the default without the person being in court. The defendant is not entitled to have a default warrant removed without appearing first in court, but with a careful and well-thought out approach it is possible.
Get Help From a Lawyer
Dealing with the criminal justice system can be stressful and tiring. Sometimes people with good intentions make mistakes or are wrongly accused of things that they did not do. If you think you fall into either of these categories, seek legal help right away.
Contact criminal defense attorney William Barabino by calling his Medford, Massachusetts law office at 781-393. You may also complete his online contact form.