Re: Body-Only Warrant
If they have to come and get you, it may be at the most embarrassing or inconvenient time.
If you fail to turn yourself in, you can pretty much guarantee that any future court appearances for any reason will result in harsh penalties or severe bail - being released on your own recognizance will likely never happen again.
As for the "family emergency" that is such an overused excuse that it tends to be discounted. It is hardly an "emergency" when you predict it several days away.
I recall one day at court when I sat in on sentencing. Of the five people sentenced that day, three claimed to have some form of medical emergency involving family members. Upon even minor questioning by the judge it was determined quickly that the "emergency" was not, that others could handle the matter, and that it was clearly an excuse to delay the inevitable. I strongly suspect that your local court has seen much the same thing.
If you do not attend court, expect the police to come a-knocking at any time and prepare to live like a fugitive.
A Nor Cal Police Sergeant
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