The first missed date,I had been to court previously on the charge of harassment.. Upon the last scheduled date.I didn’t have the funds to travel the 375 miles to get there…The presiding Judge issued a warrant,along with a $1000 cash bond upon my arrest. I’ve gathered new info on the case that should free me of any wrong,and the maliciousness of the prosecution. How do I handle this situation on a fixed income? Please Help!!!

A: George’s answer: Unfortunately, missing court dates because of “inconveniences” to you doesn’t matter to a Judge. Unless you have been excused from attending court by the Judge – you still MUST APPEAR. As a result of missing the court dates you are now in a mess (pending Bench Warrants) and you should retain a local attorney ASAP. If you are financially unable to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney, you should file an application for representation with the Public Defenders office. I would recommend that you be represented by an attorney at ALL STAGES of your criminal case. If you are not represented by an attorney you are at a severe disadvantage and you may not be able to take full advantage of the “new info on the case” that you have found. Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable local defense counsel could be the best investment that you could make at this point in your case. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!! George McCranie