Why do some people live with active arrest warrants instead of turning themselves into the police?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 24, 2020 01:08 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 24, 2020 01:08 PM

Around the year 2000, I was living in an apartment complex in Dallas, Texas. My next door neighbor was a young guy, early 20’s, and it turned out that he had a warrant out for his arrest. I came to find out about it one morning when a couple of deputies from the Sheriff’s Department were pounding on his door. “I know you’re in there, man! Open up.” My neighbor never opened up, and eventually the deputies departed. This occurred more than once.

Maybe a day or two later, I saw & spoke to my neighbor. I asked him what the deal was, and he explained that he had been busted for possession of marijuana. He had been reporting to a probation officer as agreed, however he neglected to perform the court-ordered community service. He claimed that it was difficult to find service opportunities with a drug-related conviction on his record, so he had ended up blowing it off. I pointed out to him that he might have reached out to the judge/court and explained his dilemma prior to a warrant having been issued, and I asked him why he hadn’t done so. His response was simply: “Ignorance”.

I don’t know how his story ended in the long run. His uncle from Louisiana showed up and spirited him back home one day. Fleeing wasn’t really an answer to his problem, since the warrant would still have readily popped up if his ID was checked in Louisiana. On a personal level, I hope that things eventually worked out for him.

Back to the question. Based on my observations, some people “live with active arrest warrants” for a couple of reasons. They don’t want to go to jail (who does?), and in some or most instances they are too irresponsible to complete the requirements of their sentencing. Irresponsibility is mainly what gets people in trouble to begin with, and it is what often keeps them in trouble thereafter.

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