Only hours after the Miami Herald reported that an arrest warrant was issued for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson after he failed to appear for a Broward County court date on May 1, ESPN reported that the arrest warrant was being set aside. Anderson’s attorney told ESPN that the missed court date was the result of miscommunication and a new court date was set for July 19.
Anderson was supposed to appear for an arraignment relating to a misdemeanor reckless driving offense in January. According to ESPN, the incident initially resulted in nine charges—including two felonies—but was reduced to the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and threatening a public servant or family member.
ESPN reported that the Broward County State Attorney’s Office dropped the felony charges in April due to insufficient evidence. Anderson’s attorney told ESPN that he “never received notice from any court to appear” and called it a “clerical error.”
ESPN also noted that Anderson’s January arrest was his second in nine months, as he was also arrested and charged with the felony offense of resisting arrest with violence at a musical festival in Miami Beach in May 2017. According to ESPN, Anderson is still awaiting trial in that case, which is scheduled for August 6.
Attorney in Broward County for Arrest Warrants
Many people in Florida can relate to Robby Anderson because they also have warrants issued for failure to appear in court. In many cases, people were unaware that they were required to be in court but many other individuals have other perfectly logical explanations as to why they could not appear, such as traffic accidents or medical emergencies.
The good news is that when a person does have a valid reason for missing a court appearance, it is usually possible to have the court date rescheduled and the warrant thrown out. You can have a criminal defense lawyer file a motion to withdraw (often called a motion to quash) the warrant in court.
In certain cases, you may want to negotiate the terms of your surrender so you can negotiate your bond and the conditions of your release. Whatever the story behind your warrant is, you will want to make sure that you take the steps to resolve the warrant because the only other way it will go away is for you to be arrested.
Do you think that you have an active warrant for your arrest in South Florida? Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer Evan Hoffman represents clients in the greater Broward County area, and he can provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (954) 524-4474 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.