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Aug. 29th, 2004 | 06:02 am
mood: distresseddistressed
music: TV Themes - The Facts of Life

There is a warrant out for my arrest
for failing to make a court appearance
required because I failed to mail the court proof
that I had maintained automobile insurance for six months
which was a "deal" the prosecutor made with me
because I had been ticketed, twice in as many weeks,
for failure to show proof of "financial responsibility"
(which is not something I generally have)
because I had allowed my insurance to lapse
and if just two of those citations occur
they take away your driver license
so I paid them a lot of money
and agreed to keep insurance for six months
which I did not in fact do
because I had no money
and allowed it to lapse again

(Official reminders might have saved me
but I was not reminded
because I did not check my post office box
because my rent on the post office box was overdue)

I have checked on this and
the only recourse I supposedly have
is to present myself to the court, in person
where I will go that day before a judge
who will decide how much money
I must pay
in order to leave again
or he might just keep me there.

Any advice?

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from: lockle
date: Aug. 29th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)

I would go in and pay the fines as soon as you can, or even better, have a friend go in and pay the fines for you so they cannot arrest you in the courthouse with your checkbook out. Then call the county courthouse to see if the warrant has been revoked, and if not, schedule a time to see the judge and show up. If that happens, show up with a friend (not in your car so they won't impound it) so your friend can arrange bail or take care of anything necessary.

Basically, just go through the steps with someone watching your back.

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from: apotheon
date: Aug. 29th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)

That's decent advice all around.

The other option is to just move out of the jurisdiction, but that can lead to other problems later.

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