WARRANTS OF ARREST
For "Class C Misdemeanor" offenses
the initial punishment assessed does not include jail time.
Most often a fine is assessed or the Judge may require a person
to take a driving safety course or similar other task. When
you sign the citation issued by the Police officer, you promise
to appear in court. You may be arrested if you do not voluntarily
come to court as you have promised. In addition, you may be
arrested if you do not pay the fine assessed by the Court,
which you promised to pay.
The Court issues two
kinds of arrest warrants. First type of warrants are issued
- not appearing at the Court as
- not taking care of original Class
A Warrant of Arrest
is prepared on both the original charge and the failure to
appear charge. If you are arrested, you may post a bond to
be released from jail.
The second type of
warrant is called a "Capias Pro-fine" warrant. This warrant
is prepared for people failing to obey Judge's order to pay
fine on or before a certain date. In lieu of payment a person
may serve jail time for the fine at a rate of $50.00 per
day. When you have a "Capias Pro-fine" warrant, you do not
have the option to post a bond. You can only pay the fine by
giving the amount due in the form of cash, cashiers check,
or money order, or by serving time in jail.