According to USA TODAY, Canon McBride was in for the shock of her life when she recently went to a local DMV in Texas to renew her driver's license. McBride, who has a squeaky clean record, found out she is wanted for felony embezzlement after not returning a VHS rental tape in 1999.
The DMV notified her that her warrant is outstanding in Norman, Oklahoma, where she used to live. McBride believes her ex-boyfriend who had two young daughters at the time rented "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" from a local video rental store like Blockbuster, and never returned the tape to the store which is long out of business.
McBride, who is a graduate of Florida State University has lost multiple high-salary jobs over the years after her employers ran a background check. McBridge was never told why she was terminated but now realizes her "felony" charge may have something to do with it.
McBride said a district attorney for Cleveland County, Oklahoma, informed her that the charge is dismissed and her record expunged, but she is now seeking out an attorney to take civil action after several lawyers already told her she does not have a case. McBride ultimately is seeking compensation for the years of heartache she suffered from employment issues over a bill less than $60 which she was unaware of.
How Do I Know If I Have a Warrant in Florida?
Arrest warrants in Florida are public records and easily found online. To find out if you or a loved one has an active warrant, you can contact your local sheriff department, county courthouse clerk, or use a public record website. If you have already been arrested, click here to contact us.
What if I Have a Warrant Out for My Arrest in Florida?
If you find you or a loved one has a warrant for arrest, it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. With over 17 years of experience, The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky can work to file a motion to vacate or lift the warrant. Call us at (561) 671-5995 or contact us online so we can get started on your case as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can also download my free guide 'My Loved One Has Been Arrested: What’s Next?' which gives an overview of what to expect if a loved one has been arrested in Florida.
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Having a criminal conviction in Florida can significantly hamper employment options. Up to 80% of employers conduct background checks and elect not to hire individuals with a criminal record. If your employer finds out about a past criminal conviction, they may seek to terminate your employment. Landlords also conduct background checks and may decide to not rent to you. This will severely limit where you can rent an apartment. The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky can work to have your record wiped clean.