violate a traffic law or break another one of the state’s statutes, they will be ordered
by the court to take certain steps. For example, someone who is in trouble
with the law may be ordered to pay a fine, perform community service,
pay restitution to their victims, successfully complete a
DUI Program, or enter rehab.
Suppose you are in trouble because you broke the law. If you fail to pay
your fine, or if you do not comply with one of the orders made by the
court by the deadline; for example, you fail to perform community service,
you could commit a new crime and be guilty of a misdemeanor offense.
Let’s say that you were unable to pay your fine, or you didn’t
complete your community service hours. Now, you’re afraid that the
court is going to issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This is a reasonable
fear, because if you don’t confront this issue head-on, officers
could wind up at your front door at the crack of dawn, offering you a
ride to court.
Penalties for Disobeying a Court Order
This is what could happen if you ignore your fine or otherwise fail to
obey a court order:
- A warrant for your arrest can be issued
- You may face a civil assessment, an additional fine
- Your past-due fines can be sent to collections
- Your driver’s license and registration can be suspended
“How do I handle a warrant for my arrest?” There are several
options, including posting bail with a local law enforcement agency, posting
bail with the appropriate court and asking them to schedule a court date,
and posting bail with the court but asking if the court can “forfeit”
your bail (keep your bail and close the case). Our advice is to speak with a
criminal defense lawyer from our firm before deciding on which route to take.
If you had a ticket and you did not pay your fine, the court can send it
to a collection agency. The court can also garnish your wages or bank
accounts, and place a lien on your home – you want to avoid these
at all costs. If you are in trouble because you failed to pay a ticket
or comply with a court order,
contact our office to meet with an
Orange County criminal attorney for free.