August 13, 2008 By Wallin & Klarich

DMX will need to hire a very good criminal defense attorney if he wants to stay out of jail as a bench warrant is likely going to be issued for his arrest.

Rapper DMX was to appear in court for drug crimes on August 12, 2008 and it was reported that he failed to appear. A bench warrant may now be issued for his arrest. When someone is accused of a serious felony offense, it is critical that they obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the court where the case is pending.

In some cases in California your criminal defense attorney can appear on your behalf without you having to appear in court.

California Penal Code Section 977 provides that in most misdemeanor offenses your lawyer can appear on your behalf at all court hearings and this means you do not have to appear.

In cases such as southern California felony charges, a defendant must appear at all court hearings or a warrant will issue for his arrest. It is unclear why DMX failed to appear at his pretrial conference. However, the judge was sufficiently upset to now require him to post $25,000 bail. Another interesting question is why someone like DMX would be represented by a “public defender”. The public defenders office in California is reserved for clients who are indigent and cannot afford to retain legal counsel. You would have to assume that DMX has sold enough records to be able to afford a quality criminal defense law firm to defend him.

When you are facing a serious criminal charge in you need the legal assistance from California criminal defense lawyers like Wallin and Klarich who has helped people accused of drug offenses for almost thirty years. Feel free to visit us at and call us at 888-749-0034. We will be there when you call.

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