I have lived in Maine for more than 25 years and have an outstanding warrent for failure to appear for an uninsured MV (Maine registration) violation in Massachusets in 1985. I never delt with the violation and apparently a warrent was issued at that time. While traveling through Massachusets in 2008 I was stopped on Route 2 in Athol for speeding and subsequently arrested on the 1980's warrent.I live and work on an island off the coast of Maine and infrequently make it out of state. I did not get back to appear for the new court date in 2008. I did call the court clerk to let them know I could not make it and was told to come to court when I could.I have since found out the original criminal violation is now a civil offense but since it was criminal in the 80's the warrent stood for all those years.
A couple of questions:
Do I have to appear in court to resolve this?
Do I need an attorney to represent me?