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Bench Warrant? FTA (Failure to Appear)? New Criminal Case? (San Diego and North County)

Were you ticketed by a LEO (Law Enforcement Agency) but failed to appear in court on the ticket?

If so, a BENCH WARRANT was issued for your arrest and you are AT RISK EVERY TIME YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL and are stopped for anything from a minor traffic stop (i.e. expired registration tags, head or tail light out, running a stop sign, speeding, etc.) to more serious offenses (DUI and up).

LEO’s routinely run warrant checks on all traffic stops. The BENCH WARRANT for your arrest will show up in their computerized system and YOU WILL BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT and could wait up to 72 hours in JAIL for your arraignment on the FTA (which is MISDEMEANOR punishable to up to 6 months in jail and a $ 1,000 fine).

Don’t let that happen to you. Your continued employment may be jeopardized not only because you couldn’t go to work while locked up but employers nowadays run criminal background checks, even if you’ve been with the company for years, and if they find out you are being charged with a MISDEMEANOR (even if the underlying traffic ticket was for something minor) you could LOSE YOUR JOB.

The same things apply to VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION. In most misdemeanor cases, you are placed on three (3) years Summary Probation (no probation officer) on certain terms and conditions which include VIOLATE NO LAW but while on probation you picked up a new criminal offense triggering a Violation of Probation charge. Other common VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION include failing to pay your fines on time; enroll in and complete Drunk Driving or MADD Classes on time; report to jail, sign up for work furlough, etc..

There are many reasons why people don’t appear in court in the date set or don’t/can’t keep up with their terms of probation due to other life pressing problems. However, the longer you wait to clean up the wreckage of the past, the more problems you will face when the JUDICIAL SYSTEM CATCHES UP WITH YOU.

You don’t have to continue living in fear, looking over your shoulder and wondering WHEN, not if, you get picked up for on a WARRANT or PROBATION VIOLATION. I can appear in court for you to get the BENCH WARRANT recalled and/or have your VIOLATION OF PROBATION charges set aside and get your Probation terms reinstated. In some instances, I can get your work furlough converted to COMMUNITY SERVICE INSTEAD. If faced with new misdemeanor charges, whether you’re on probation or not, I can appear on your behalf WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO BE PERSONALLY PRESENT.

You need an EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY who actually is tough, tenacious, smart and resourceful and working to get you the best possible result. After all, that’s what attorneys are supposed to do, right? Yet, many attorneys with “tough” sounding ads and “teaser” rates (more below) simply show up for a hearing, tell you what the DA’s offer is and twist YOUR ARM, instead of the other way around, and if you don’t accept it they leave you high and dry…after milking you for as much money as they can.

Those “teaser” rates offering to handle your case for a few hundred dollars end up with you paying WELL OVER A THOUSAND OF DOLLARS JUST FOR ONE HEARING. That happens altogether too frequently especially if you’ve been charged with a DUI, as many law firms or individual attorneys send out MASS MAILERS (unsolicited ads, brochures or form letters) claiming you won’t be charged for an initial consultation (yet take your credit or debit card information at the outset of the call and still bill you) or that they will represent you for a “tiny fraction” of what they usually charge including “discount coupons” offering 1/2 or more off and yet you still end up PAYING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS even with those so-called “discounts” applied.

Again, what YOU NEED is an EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY (over 30 years) who actually is what he or she claims to be. I have handled THOUSANDS OF CRIMINAL CASES (everything from minor to not so minor traffic infractions such as driving over 100 mph–reckless driving reduced to simple speeding–to felonies) with emphasis in DUI, Petty Theft, Burglary, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest, Sexual Misconduct, etc. including Motions to Suppress Evidence, Motions to Dismiss, Preliminary Hearings (felony cases) all the up to and including TRIAL or DMV Administrative Hearings and I consistently get OUTSTANDING RESULTS for the client.

If you’re in need of an attorney with REAL experience, integrity, tenacity and a proven track record of success, please contact me
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to discuss your legal representation needs and my rates for the same. No, I won’t ask you for your financial information in the first 10 minutes like most law firms and tell you how much I care about you or your case (ACTIONS speak louder than empty WORDS) but focus on the charges themselves, what court your case is venued (located) and your court date.

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