Yes. You just found out from a friend, or more unfortunately from a police officer at a traffic stop.
What you need to do is contact an attorney right now! A lawyer will listen to the facts of the allegation and give you the best advice about your criminal matter in the Cincinnati area.
The police do not need you present to file criminal charges against you. Most misdemeanor charges are filed by police as they witness the conduct, or arrive to investigate recently after it happens.
However, sometimes people will come forward days, weeks, months, and yes, sometimes many years after an offense occurred. While police would be happy to be presented with overwhelming physical evidence of a crime, most crimes are just report by people.
People reporting crimes that happened outside of the presence of the police will be asked to swear out a statement called an affidavit. This document allows the police to discourage frivolous and malicious claims.
Proceeding on the affidavit, the police will then determine if there is merit to the claim. If so, they will issue a complaint.
The complaint is the document that charges the crime that is filed with the local court to make a record of it. You will not likely be in the police station at the time, and the police may not even know where you are living.
In this case, and even when they do know where you are supposed to be, they will want a warrant. To obtain a warrant the police will need to get it signed by a Judge.
The Judge will determine if there is probable cause based on the facts of the complaint whether to issue a warrant. A warrant can extend various miles from the county where the offense was alleged to have occurred.
Once there is a warrant you will need a lawyer to help talk to the prosecutor and judge about having it recalled if possible. This will often also be accompanied by a discussion about bond.
Once the warrant and bond are dealt with , your attorney can work on having a court date set to begin the process of defending your criminal charge.
Remember, there is no time too soon to call a lawyer when you are suspected of committing a crime! Once you talk to the police, your lawyer will be hard pressed to undo any damage done by your admissions.
If you, or a family member, has been arrested, give our Cincinnati Criminal Lawyers a call on their 24 Hour Emergency Hotline at 513-333-0014. Because now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, WITH FORMER PROSECUTORS, AND FORMER POLICE OFFICERS to work for you.