Re: Missed Court Date for DUI
I'm a little confused. You say that you were convicted in 2006, but then failed to appear in court. Did you misspeak and mean that failed to appear in court to answer for a dui arrest? Or, was the court hearing you missed a sentencing hearing or some kind of post-sentencing compliance hearing? Either way, a warrant for your arrest was almost certainly issued. But, where you were in the judicial process may make a difference regarding what you may be facing upon your return to Washington State. I don't know what your definition of "serious jail time" is, it is highly unlikely that you would be held without bail. Depending on what court issued the warrant, the bail could be anywhere from $500 to $25,000.
As Mr. Knowitall advised, it would be a good idea to consult an attorney in Washington and have him/her get the ball rolling prior to your return.
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