In this post, we wanted to address the situation where someone is arrested
for driving under the influence, but they failed to pay the fines. To
make more interesting, we’re going to describe a situation where the
DUI defendant is not a U.S. citizen.
Let’s say that Anthony was in California temporarily because he accepted
a job teaching English. In 2002, Anthony was arrested for a simple DUI,
with no accident – a misdemeanor offense.
Not knowing much about U.S. law, or his rights, Anthony pleaded guilty
to the DUI and went back to his home country, which is Mexico. Anthony
has family in Orange County, and now he wants to come back to California
for a visit, or possibly to apply for permanent resident status.
Anthony called the court to see if his DUI record was gone, but they told
him that there was a warrant for his arrest, and now he owes the court
thousands of dollars, which is a lot of money in Mexico.
Anthony needs a visa since he is an English teacher by profession, and
he hasn’t had so much as one drink since his DUI in 2002. What can
he do? Will he be arrested if he tries to cross the U.S. border?
What Needs to Be Done
In this situation, the first thing that Anthony needs to do is contact
a DUI defense attorney in Orange County who practices in the court where
he got his 2002 DUI.
The attorney may be able to have Antony’s warrant recalled. If he
tries to enter the United States with an outstanding warrant, there is
a strong possibility that he will be arrested.
If all that is wrong is Anthony failed to pay the fine, he should immediately
pay it. Paying the fine will increase his chances of the warrant being
The reason why the amount he owed is so much is because of civil assessments,
which are the fines that were added to send the account to a collection
agency. The attorney can try and get the court to waive the assessments,
but if the attorney has the money in hand, it would certainly help.
If you, or someone you love is in a similar situation and have a warrant
for an old DUI,
contact our firm for the legal advice and guidance you need!