The purpose of this article is to go over important information about the resolution of your criminal case in Court. It is important to understand that although I am available to answer any questions and offer guidance to you, as your lawyer I cannot act as a babysitter and hover over you to be sure you complete the Court orders. Here is a step by step guide to make sure you do everything you are supposed to in order to avoid any violations and having a warrant issued for your arrest.
1. Read over the paperwork you were given to understand your due dates for any fines or Court fees. You MUST have the full amount paid by that due date or a warrant will issue for your arrest. In the event you cannot pay the fine due to financial hardship you must contact the Court directly by going into the clerk’s office and either asking for community service or an extension. You cannot wait until the last minute to do this, if you foresee a problem complying with the due date go in early and work out a plan with the Court.
2. Contact the program to get enrolled immediately, there is often a waiting list so acting quickly is important.
In conclusion, be sure to stay on top of your deadlines and due dates. As we discussed, I can often get the case dismissed and expunged if you satisfy the terms of your probation. However, if you fail to comply with the Court orders this may not be possible.
Lastly, I do not keep a copy of your Court paperwork so if you lose it or misplace it you will need to travel to the courthouse and go to the clerks office to get a copy.