Legal Question in Criminal Law in California

In california i was charged with a felony, which is grand theft, and i missed multiple court dates and now there is a bench warrant out for my arrest. Originally i was charged when i was 17, a juvenile, and now im an adult. Will a warrant transfer from juvenile to adult? will the charges transfer from juvenile to adult? or will it remain juvenile? It is nearing a year since i was charged and i was wondering how i can go about this now that im living out of state. I am willing to accept a deal they had originally gave me which is a one-year probation term in return for a misdemeanor charge. I do not want a felony on my record and I want this all behind me. What are my possible routes to take?

Asked on 6/14/13, 1:19 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

John Laurie Gertz and Laurie

You can not assume any previous deal is still on the table. You need to have an attorney review the facts of your case, then contact the DA to work out a new plea deal.

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Answered on 6/15/13, 10:46 am

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless


Unless you were charged in Juvenile Court as a juvenile on juvenile charges, there is nothing to question.

Whatever court issued the arrest warrant is where you will deal with it.

Your previous 'deal' is long gone. You blew off the court, and the deal went with it. You now have new charges, warrants and the old charges, and must try to negotiate a new deal or go to trial.

If serious about hiring counsel to help in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me. Iíll be happy to help fight and get the best outcome possible, using whatever defenses and sympathies there may be.

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Answered on 6/20/13, 3:53 pm

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