My question involves an arrest warrant from the State of: Michigan
I recently was ticketed for a "bicycle violation" in a city in Michigan. I challenged the ticket in court since I thought that the charge was completely ridiculous. The officer ignored a car driver threatening to "beat the shit out of me" and swerving into myself and my friends and decided to pull me over.
At the court date the judge ignored my testimony and said that I was on the road for "no good reason" and found me responsible. I was not in court to decide whether I was on the road for good reason or not, I was there to decide whether I had committed a "bicycle violation" or not. I left the court and refused to pay the fine. I cannot appeal the decision since I have no money. My only options were to 1. pay the fine or 2. pay the fine (bond) to appeal.
Now I have been told I am in "contempt of court" for refusing the pay and skipping the next court date and a bench warrant has been issued for my arrest. I live about 30 miles from this city and I don't think this is a big deal but the letter they sent sounded serious for such a petty ticket. They said they informed state police agencies and would come to my house. What are the chances of this? I really don't feel like borrowing $210 to appeal this decision and I also don't feel like being arrested. I can't imagine they would spend any time trying to track down a cyclist who doesn't even live in or near their city. :/