I need some advice or suggestions. please help!!
I was just charged with a misdemenor in Arkansas (not traffic related), and my lawyer told me to plead innocent based on the circumstances at the arraingment. After the court, I told my lawyer that my wife and I are selling our home in Arkansas and will be moving out of state to Oregon. I asked him do we have to stick around for this mess? He said it would be fine to move, since it is only a misdemeanor, they won't come looking for you. And after a year or two it will go off the records even in Arkansas. I really don't intend on coming back to Arkansas for years. So we moved and bought a nice home in Oregon.
Just last Friday, back at our previous address in Arkansas, we received a letter from the court, stating this: "You have failed to respond to the citation described in this notice by not appearing in court or by not paying the fine and costs within the prescribed time limit. Failure to appear or remit the fine and costs to the court within 20 days of notice will result in notifying the licensing authority in your state to suspend you drivers licence in accordance with nonresident violators compact (NRVC) and under the driver license laws of this state."
And, I found out there is a bench warrant for me back in Arkansas, which is understandable, since I didn't go to court. Under the advice from my lawyer it was fine to leave. But, the weird thing about it, is that the letter from the court makes one think it is a traffic violation. Can they link the two together and try to mess up my life? I mean this thing can really mess up my life if I lose my drivers license. I have to travel for my living! There is a web site that shows the NRVC (nonresident violators compact) and DLC (driver license compact) states: http://www.aamva.org/Documents/drvCo...apMapColor.PDF
I am not sure if Arkansas will contact Oregon and suspend my drivers license. I can not go back to Arkansas, since my entire life is here in Oregon. I've already made committments here. Is this as simple as just paying off for the court costs (if that is all they want) OR do I have to go back to Arkansas and appear in court, which will be terrible, since they will probably put me in jail for 10 days to a month since I skipped town whether I am innocent or not? I am thinking just go get my Oregon's drivers license now, but if I get a simple triffic ticket down the road, they will probably put me in jail, since I may be driving with a suspended drivers license in Oregon. Please help me with my issue. I am a nervous wreck and I can not believe how I got into this huge nightmare. I will be waiting for anyone's response as possibilities. Thank you very much.