Famous Elvis impersonator, Trent Carlini, 48, was arrested last week just before going on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton on a bench warrant for failing to make child support payments, causing cancellation of his show. Luckily, his fans were given refunds after he was sent to jail.
Carlini also failed to attend a Family Court hearing on September 15, 2010, causing the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. Deputy District Attorney, Shannon Russell, stated that the warrant covered two months of $3,000 child support payments. As of May 31, Russell said, Carlini was $76,037 behind in his payments.
Bench warrants were issued for Carlini in October 2009 and again in June 2010. However, both were withdrawn without an arrest. The June warrant was withdrawn after Carlini made an $8,000 payment. However, Carllini has failed to make his $3,000 court ordered payments since June, according to Russell.
Had Carlini paid as little as $1,000 per month under a special court program, he could have avoided jail time. Again, let us stress the importance of paying your child support payments when they are due. The consequences of failing to pay for same have disasterous, life-changing effects. Further, once the County is involved in collecting the support, it is even a bigger hurdle to overcome. This is why an experienced Orange County child support attorney is needed in drastic situations as being sent to jail.