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If you miss your court dates, the state might issue a warrant for your arrest. They might come pick you up on this warrant, or they might not. If they choose to come pick you up, they can come to your home or work and take you to jail to await your next court date.
On the other hand, they might not come pick you up on the warrant. The court might issue the warrant, and it might just sit in the computer system. You can go about your day normally without noticing effects from the outstanding warrant.
However, if you believe that ignoring a warrant for drunk driving makes the case go away after a period of time, you’re wrong. The warrant stays in the system for as long as it takes. That means the case stays active until you address it with law enforcement.
In the law, there is something called the statute of limitations. That means that in most types of cases, the state has a certain period of time from when a charge occurrs to bring the case against you. If the state doesn’t file the charge within that period of time, they can’t ever bring the case against you. Even if you’re completely guilty and the state can prove it, the statute of limitations prevents the state from bringing a case that occurred past the time limit.
There are a number of reasons to have a statute of limitations. The state wants people to be able to get on with their lives without having to worry about behavior that’s in the distant past. It’s also usually easier to prove recent charges because a law enforcement officer is more likely to still work for the same department. It’s also more likely that evidence is still fresh. You should work with a Los Angeles DUI attorney to see if the statute of limitations applies in your DUI case.
The statute of limitations doesn’t apply when you fail to appear in court. By the time you appear in court, the state has already filed charges against you. That means that if you fail to appear when you’re told to appear in court, it’s your fault. You can’t defend yourself from the charges by simply running away for a period of time.
You may not even know that there are DUI charges against you. You might get the news when you’re pulled over for an unrelated traffic stop. You might be surprised to find yourself arrested and taken to jail on the old charges.
Many times, people miss their court date because they changed their address since their arrest. It’s not uncommon for the notice to go to the old address. You might not even miss your court date on purpose. Even so, if there’s a warrant out for your arrest, you might find yourself taken to jail at an inconvenient time.
If you have an old DUI warrant, your DUI attorney may be able to help you resolve the warrant without your having to turn yourself in at the jail. It’s important to work with your attorney to explore all of your options. Once you address the warrant, you can get to work with your attorney to address the underlying merits of your case.