My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan
My daughter (17 at the time, now 18) got caught shoplifting a pair of earrings in February. She received a civil demand for $271. which she is making payments on. The problem is that we had just moved to a temporary place while waiting for her to graduate and then we are relocating to NV because that is where my husband was transferred for work. We already have a home there and she is enrolled in college there. She did tell the officer that and they wrote the paper with the new address. The civil demand letter was mailed to the new address, not forwarded. I did have her name entered into the P.O. to have her mail forwarded to the new address.
Apparently, the request to appear letter was mailed to the old address and not forwarded so we had no idea about this. She just received the warrant for her arrest two days ago, forwarded to the new address. I contacted a criminal defense atty who said they would contact the detective and get back to me with a price to retain him. I didn't hear anything the next day, so I texted him (his preference for communication) and asked. He replied hours later and said the detective wasn't in and he would try the next day. Still nothing. So, I am assuming he is very busy and quite possibly doesn't have time for this case. Fine.
Question: Should my daughter (or I) contact the detective and at least let them know we are aware and not ignoring this? I am very concerned that if my daughter gets stopped for a traffic violation they will arrest her. (Ok, as I type this, I just received a text from the atty telling me he is out of town for the weekend and that he will contact me on Tues.) I'm mad now. He tells me that this is important to get the warrant lifted and then bails. I contacted him on Tuesday! I didn't really want to contact the court myself as I figured the atty knows better how to handle this. Any thoughts?