Within the past couple months, it has become clear that the District Attorney’s office/Sheriff’s Department is intent on making this case a LIVING NIGHTMARE for me!
Brief recap: June 16th, 2009, was my completion date to have my community service hours finished in lieu of last years conviction (51 Hours to be done). At the end of trial, I was given the return-to-court slip stating that I was to return to Torrance Courthouse on that day.
However, I decided on June 15th, to go handle this matter, because I was going to file an extension since I had not fully completed the hours yet, and I wanted to take care of this matter a day before it was due, just in case they were going to play games with me. I arrived at Torrance Courthouse with the intent on getting my extension only to be hit with some STARTLING INFO!
The clerk told me that I wasn’t to report there but to INGLEWOOD Courthouse June 16th & that my file was no longer at TORRANCE Courthouse, so she couldn’t help me.
I was confused & upset! How was my court location changed without my knowledge? Why wasn’t I notified of the switch in locations??? Were they trying to make me miss my court date/time so they could issue out a warrant?? I just happened to go up there the day before the given courtdate, so had I waited until the actual given court date, I would have been screwed due to uncontrollable circumstances! WOW!
The clerk apologized for this inconvenience and told me that my file had been transferred to Inglewood Court June 8, 2009 and that I would need to go there to file my community service extension and to handle any further activities. She said this was “weird,” which of course, I agreed! She then gave me a printout of court case, which showed my next scheduled event was 6/16/09 8:30 AM for Proof of Community Service at Inglewood Courthouse.
I then went over to Inglewood Court that same day (June 15) and got my extension filed until July 17, 2009. That was the date the clerk gave me, as well as a little unnecessary attitude because she couldn’t understand why I needed more time to finish……. Outside of that, I was done. I got my extension and she let me know that I did not have to return to court until July 17th with my completion letter.
Fast forward to July 1st: I had taken a 2 week vacation from thinking about my case, which at times consumes me, and was now ready to get back on track. Since I knew the three dismissed charges had been reversed May 27th, I wanted to know what the next step was going to be in this “criminal process.”
I called the Inglewood Court Criminal Clerks Office, and after giving out my information, I was told that I had a $10,000 WARRANT OUT FOR MY ARREST!!!!
I almost fell out! A warrant?? Ive never had a warrant before?? How do I have a warrant? For what? Just so many questions running through my mind….
She explained that I had this warrant due to FAILURE TO APPEAR for my PRETRIAL on June 17, 2009….& that neither me or my lawyer showed up & the only way to get the warrant cleared up is to come to court and speak to the judge.
I was so ANGRY!!! I let her know that I had not received any type of notification letting me know of a PRETRIAL date, so how could I be issued a warrant??
What made this more strange, is the fact that this alleged PRETRIAL date was just 2 days after I had went to TORRANCE Court & INGLEWOOD Court about my community service. The lady had gave me a printout showing June 16th was my only upcoming court date, nothing else!
My lawyer had even went to Inglewood Courthouse on the 16th because I had forgot to tell her I got the extension that day before. She told me she spoke with the clerks office and nobody mentioned a court date for that very next day to her either!!!
They were obviously playing games with me! How does a court date magically appear on the calendar within a day?? I had just received the printout so if I had PRETRIAL in 2 days, it would have been on the printout. And then just to think I was driving around for those 2 full weeks of having a WARRANT out for my ARREST…..That thought just sent chills down my spine because I could have been pulled over and arrested for something I knew nothing of!!
That very next day, My lawyer & I went to court, July 2nd, to clear this matter up. When before the judge, we were notified that INGLEWOOD Courthouse did not even have jurisdiction to issue me a warrant and that it was issued out wrongfully. Also the judge noted that me nor my lawyer were receiving any notifications about my court case since there were no proof of service forms filed by the DA’s office…..THEY WERE TRYING TO GET ME!!