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Rapper Crunchy Black of Three 6 Mafia has a warrant out for his arrest after missing his court date for felony drug and domestic violence charges.
Crunchy Black was arrested last March, TMZ reports, after guests at a Minnesota hotel reported hearing screams and thuds coming from his hotel room. A hotel employee who came to check on the room told police that Crunchy Black's fiancee had locked herself in a bathroom and said she would only come out if Crunchy Black would "stop beating her."
When police arrived, they reportedly found blood on the hotel bed and on the door frame, along with visible injuries on the woman's face.
Crunchy Black was arrested on domestic violence charges. As he was being booked, police also reportedly found cocaine in his pocket, meaning that in addition to two felony assault charges, Crunchy Black was also charged with felony drug possession. Under Minnesota law, even a small amount of cocaine can result in as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Crunchy Black, whose legal name is Darnell Carlton, was supposed to appear in court in November but never showed up, reports TMZ. Now a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
As you might imagine, missing your criminal court date is generally a pretty bad idea. In addition to having a bench warrant issued for your arrest, you may also be charged with a separate crime -- contempt of court -- which may result in additional fines and even jail time.
Skipping court may also revoke any bail or bond that has been posted, decreasing the odds that the court will agree to release you again before trial. Skipping court may also affect your sentencing in the event that you are convicted of the crimes you are accused of committing. Judges may take a defendant's regret or remorse at committing a crime into account in meting out punishment, but missing a court date may make this unlikely.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.