I was given a citation and a notice to appear for petty larceny, I was caught shoplifting at Walmart (not sure if it matters but the item value was under $10). I live in Oklahoma City (100 miles or so from tulsa which is where I was) I failed to make it to court on the date, and I called to inform them but they told me since I waited to do so until the day of, I was too late and they wouldn’t change it. I know this caused me to have a municipal warrant, and I haven’t ever gone and handled it, but I would like to. My question is; do I need to get an attorney to go with me to court for this? Or is it unnecessary? I have prior charges in another county but no convictions and I have completed my deferred sentences and everything successfully and the time required is long past.
Also so if I were to get pulled over where I live, would they be able to see the warrant and if they did do you think that I would be arrested for that?
A criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer (mostly barristers) specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_defense_lawyer
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