Re: Warrant Issued After DUI Case Was Dismissed
First you say:
Although I'm still not clear on what the DUI have to do with Financial Responsibility or how it could have been a reason for a dismissal...
Then you add:
But here comes the part that's even more confusing:
What fines and what required courses? I though you said the case was dismissed?
Or do you mean she was put on summary probation with some sort of deferred adjudication pending completion of a state approved treatment program where she attended classes and upon completion a certificate was submitted to the court and the case was subsequently dismissed?
The underlined part is important if it is a condition to the dismissal and if it wasn't done, then the court may not be aware of her completing the program and a warrant was issued for her failure to meet her probation requirements.
The fact that its 12 years later means very little as far as validity. Of course it is still valid even if it was issued as a result of an error. And it remains to be a good warrant subjecting her to arrest until it is served/fulfilled or until it is recalled by the court that issued it.
And there is where her next step is. She needs to contact the court which issued the warrant and get more details as to why it was issued and what she needs to do to get the matter resolved. They may tell her that she will have to turn herself in but that can be resolved in 2 ways. She can hire an attorney to help walk her through the case and he/she will usually arrange for her to turn herself in while limiting her incarceration to a minimum time period, or she can post bail and be released that way until all is resolved.
The "8 months" is the clue that tells me that someone was not happy with how the matter was resolved presumably because a progress report was not filed or the final outcome was not reported as required! However, a warrant cannot be issued by local police, it can only be issued by the court giving an order to local police to arrest her if/when they come across her!
However, with regards to the "after the case was dismissed against her by the state".... Did you not state earlier that the state police arrested her and turned her over to local police. And if the case was filed by local police, then the state could not dismiss the case against her!
All of this can and will be clarified once she inquires with the court.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!