failure to appear bench warrant

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Latest post Thu, Jan 17 2008 2:56 PM by CdwJava. 2 replies.
  • Thu, Jan 17 2008 10:56 AM

    • joeysmom
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    failure to appear bench warrant

    if there was a bench warrant of $20000 for your arrest and your charges were just misdemeanors how long is the statute of limitations for that warrant? i was told by an attorney that for misdemeanor bench warrants it was one year is that true?
  • Thu, Jan 17 2008 12:53 PM In reply to

    • Ford
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    Feedback [*=*] General Rule: No SOL on warrants . . .

    Statutes of limitation govern the state bringing the charge. The warrant means the charge has been brought, and the SOL shouldn't be in play.

    The SOL on misdemeanors is commonly one year, but it depends on state law.

    "i was told by an attorney that for misdemeanor bench warrants it was one year is that true?"

    I suspect you didn't tell him about the warrant's existence, or he doesn't practice criminal law.

    It's POSSIBLE your state has crazy laws.
  • Thu, Jan 17 2008 2:56 PM In reply to

    • CdwJava
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    Feedback [*=*] re: failure to appear bench warrant

    The warrant remains until either served or withdrawn. It does NOT just "go away".

    - Carl
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