Warrant Recall or Surrender
.....As your attorney, I find out whether you have an arrest warrant, a bench warrant, or a material witness warrant. While law enforcement often will not disclose the nature of the charge or bail status of an arrest warrant, the reasons for the other two kinds of warrants and their bail status often are available. If you have a reason for failing to appear, such as not being summmoned, I move to have the warrant recalled. If you are arrested or surrender and the bail is excessive, I petition for review of your bail status, and advocate for reasonable bail and conditions of release for you.
.....Keep in mind that if law enforcement arrests you before you surrender, then the court will consider that fact when it decides whether to release you and what the conditions of your release will be. Also, keep in mind that when you are arrested or surrender, the police or govermnent agents may try to interview you about criminal activity. This is different from the interview that the court's Pre-Trial Services agent does. Pre-Trial Services asks you questions about your personal background, such as family relationships, employment, criminal history, and failure to appear, in order to make a recommendation to the court about releasing you. It is important for you to know who is who, because the Pre-Trial Services interview may help you, while the interview with police or government agents may hurt you.
.....In addition, over time witnesses, who are necessary for you, can become unavailable, or their memories can fade. Records, that are essential for you, can be lost or destroyed. If you wait to seek counsel, you will prevent me from doing all that I can do for you.
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Last revised: May 13, 2017