What can I do if I missed my court date? 70 Answers as of July 08, 2013

What should I do about missing a court date? Will I get jail time? Is there something I can do?

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Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
You need to have the warrant cleared as soon as possible. If it's a misdemeanor charge then your attorney should be able to to appear for you. If it's a felony then you will also need to appear. If it was simply a mistake and you have made your other appearances then it should be no big deal, no jail time. The more responsible you are in addressing the problem the better you will look.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/4/2011
Law Office of Ronald Aronds, LLC
Law Office of Ronald Aronds, LLC | Ronald Aronds
You need to call the court to see if there is a warrant for your failure to appear. If there is then pay the bail and don't miss another court date or you will lose your bail money.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 10/4/2011
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
When you miss a court date a warrant goes out for your arrest and you get charged with an additional offense of Failure to appear. Depending on what the original charge was it could be a felony or Misdemeanor. You will need to hire a lawyer to go in and have the matter cleared or you will have to turn yourself into law enforcement and make bond. Normally, I recommend a lawyer which should save you from having to go to jail, post bond and they can also resolver the underlying charged that caused you to miss court. I would be happy to discuss the matter in person, just call first.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 10/3/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
You might be able to go to add-on Court. Call the clerk of court where you misseed court and see if you qualify for same and get instructiohns for how to do so,
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 10/3/2011
Shane Law Office
Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
If you missed your court date, the judge probably issued a bench warrant for your arrest. First, you need to hire an attorney. Second, you need to turn yourself in at the county jail before midnight as soon as possible after having first made arrangements with your attorney to be present in court with you the next morning at the bail hearing. Hopefully you will have a reasonable excuse for missing your court date and your attorney will get you released on your own recognizance without having to post a bail.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 9/30/2011
    Keyser Law Firm
    Keyser Law Firm | Christopher W. Keyser
    Typically when defendants miss court dates a warrant is issued for their arrest. These warrants can be cleared by posting a specified bail amount unless the court issues a "body only" warrant in which case you must turn yourself in to law enforcement for the warrant to clear.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/30/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Yes get your attorney and appear in court and apologize to the judge. This is the best way to handle it. If the police have to find you and bring you in in chains then it will not go so well.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Don't go to the police. They will arrest you and book you into jail. There's a simpler and less-likely approach you can take. Call the court where you failed to appear. Ask them how one would go about "quashing" a warrant. They will fill you in on the procedure. When you go to court, do not have alcohol on your breath. Do not carry drugs or weapons into the court house. Be prepared to tell the judge why you have missed court for over a year and it had better be a good reason. If you have not done so, and this is an alcohol-or drug related offense get an alcohol and drug evaluation and start whatever treatment is recommended. Start going to AA or NA and take your slips to court.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Peter Duarte, Attorney at Law
    Peter Duarte, Attorney at Law | Peter Duarte
    Missing a court date may result in having awarrant issued by the judge for your arrest. Call the court and give your name or case number to find out if a warrant has been issued. You should consult with an attorney about placing your case back on the court calendar so that the judge can have the warrant recalled. You may go to jail if you are unable to payforthe bail set by the court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    Go to the calendaring department of the court that you missed and ask them to put you back on calendar. You probably have a warrant. The warrant will remain active until you go to court. It is possible that you will be remanded (put in jail) when you go to your court date. You will not be arrested when you go to the calendar department. It would be a good idea to hire a lawyer because you have a better chance of staying out of custody if you have a private attorney with you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
    Generally speaking, in criminal cases, defendants are required to attend all their court-proceedings. However, this policy varies depending on the type of court proceeding and a person's particular circumstances. If they fail to appear, the court may issue a bench warrant for their arrest and forfeit their bond. Failing to appear may be treated as contempt of court and result in further incarceration. However, prior to taking any such action, the arraigning judge will at least provide a defendant an opportunity to provide an explanation. I'd recommend either contacting your current attorney or acquiring an attorney to assist you with this matter.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    Go to the court that you were assigned to and check in with the bailiff. He will tell the clerk that you are there and why. It will help if you bring in the paper work that you have on the case. The case will be called and the judge will ask you why you did not show up. You may get a scolding by the judge but you should not have to go to jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    Call the court and explain why you missed your court date and how any warrant can be withdrawn.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    You should turn yourself in immediately, depending on the case and your history it may not be a big deal or it may be cause for the judge to hold you. The more serious the charge and the more history of kissing court dates the more likely a judge will decide to hold you. If you have no history of missing court and it's not an especially serious charge you should be fine, otherwise hire an attorney quickly and have the attorney turn you in.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    A warrant likely issued for your arrest. You can surrender at any police station and usually pay a bond to get released and get another court date. You can also bring the matter into the court asking that the warrant be quashed with a reasonable explanation of why you missed court and ask for another date.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    Turn yourself in on the nonappearance warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    AyerHoffman, LLP
    AyerHoffman, LLP | Melissa Hoffman
    Missing a criminal court date results in the issuance of a default warrant, which allows the police to arrest you for your failure to appear. To remove the warrant, you will need to go to court and appear before a judge, who can remove the default. If this is a one time event, there will likely be no further action against you. If you have an attorney, make sure you contact them so they can guide you the process.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Caruso & Diaz L.L.C.
    Caruso & Diaz L.L.C. | Natalia Diaz
    It depends on what you were going to court for. Most likely if you missed your court date, then a warrant for your arrest would be issued, but that's something that you can go to the police or municipal court and post bail on to which you would get another court date. But again it depends on what the court appearance was for.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    Court date for what? How long ago? Why did you miss? What is your record like? If you missed your court date, a warrant for your arrest may I've been issued. It's always better to deal with this by going to court (with your lawyer), rather than waiting to be arrested on the warrant. The longer you wait, the worse it looks and the worse it could get. Talk to a local criminal defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    contact the clerk's office and have the matter calendared. You would be better off with an attorney doing this and appearing with you if you can afford it to minimize the chance the judge would take you into custody.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    You should contact the court and advise that you missed the date and make arrangements to appear. It will be up to the judge as to any possible punishment. What will happen will depend on why you missed your court date.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    If you miss your court date, they usually issue a warrant for your arrest. If you hire a lawyer quickly, the lawyer might be able to get the court date rescheduled and prevent you from being arrested.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Theresa Hofmeister, Attorney At Law
    Theresa Hofmeister, Attorney At Law | Theresa Hofmeister
    If the case is charging you with a misdemeanor only, an attorney can appear for you on most misdemeanors in order to clear any warrants, and then handle the case. If the charge was felony level, you would have to go to court along with the attorney to clear the arrest warrant (which would have issued when the court date was missed.)
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    It is obviously critical as to what you are charged with when you missed the court date. If it is a felony there will be a warrant out for you, if it is a petty misdemeanor traffic it may get reported to the DPS. Whether or not you get jail time is incumbent on what you are charged with and what convictions you have on your prior history. Please contact a lawyer and talk this through along with your options.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Call the Clerk, ask to be added to calendar and come up with a damn good excuse. Here is where you really need a private attorney or the public defender.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    If you did not show up for a court date, the judge probably issued a bench warrant meaning you could possibly go to jail. It doesn't mean you will, but it's possible. A lot will depend on what your excuse is and how soon you get it taken care of. It is in your best interest that you take care of it as soon as possible. Get a lawyer if necessary to help you along.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Bensmochan & Poghosyan, LLP
    Bensmochan & Poghosyan, LLP | Ruzanna Poghosyan
    If you missed your court date, there will probably be a bench warrant issued for your arrest. You should hire a criminal defense attorney, go to court, recall the bench warrant and quash it. Whether you get jail time or not, it will all depend on the criminal charges that the prosecution filed against you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Call your lawyer. If you do not have one, hire one. You will need one to represent you and you may be able to do something about your bond if it just happened like today. If not, then you will probably have to post a new bond and then attend court faithfully to deal with your case.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You should contact your attorney to surrender you on the bench warrant. Buy a daily diary to keep your important dates and times. It is important to know where you have to be and to be early, it is a part of being an intelligent, mature person who is responsible.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Burdon and Merlitti
    Burdon and Merlitti | Adam Van Ho
    You should contact your attorney or the court's baliff immediately. If you arrange to come in, you might be able to avoid being arrested on the outstanding warrant. But the worst thing you can do is wait until you are arrested on the warrant, which could lead to you being in jail until your case is finished.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC | Patrick J. McDonnell
    It depends on what your court date was for. If you miss a scheduled court date, chances are there was a bench warrant issued for your arrest for failure to show. I would immediately contact the court, or better yet, through a lawyer contact the court, to get another court date and try to have the warrant withdrawn by the court pending the new court date. Don't miss again!!! If you are stopped and the police see an active warrant, they have no choice but to arrest you and bring you before a judge. If this occurs on a Friday night or where no judge is immediately available, you will spend that time in jail pending your court appearance.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Contact your lawyer or if you don't have one, call the court clerk to see if it's been re-scheduled. If not, then ask that it be added to the next available calendar. If a warrant has been issued, then arrange to surrender yourself, preferably with a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    If you missed a court date, a warrant would issue for your arrest. There are three things that may be possible, with the assistance of an attorney, you may be able to have the warrant stayed pending a new hearing dates. In some instances, it may also be possible to have a cash bail set for release depending on the nature and severity of the charges. The third option is to report in to the jail on the warrant and have the matter called before the court as soon as possible to set bail or conditions of further release.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Whether you do jail time depends upon your prior history and whether or not you have missed court dates in the past. You need to contact the clerk of the court and see about getting the matter rescheduled. A warrant has probably been issued and if you don't get this resolved, you could possibly get picked up and taken to jail.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Dean B. Gordon
    Law Office of Dean B. Gordon | Dean B. Gordon
    If you miss a court date, you should contact your attorney immediately. If you don't have an attorney, get one. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact the public defender. It is very important that you contact the court before they find and arrest you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Turn yourself in on the outstanding warrant, ask to quash thd recall the warrant, but be prepared to post the new bail assessed by the court, if you do not have success in getting released on your old bond. It is better if you turn yourself in with an attorney, who can argue for your release, and have someone with you who can post bail right away.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    THE LAMPEL FIRM
    THE LAMPEL FIRM | ERIC LAMPEL
    There will be a warrant for your arrest probably. Get a good lawyer to go in and explain and get you more time to avoid jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    Depending on what the court hearing is regarding, there may be a warrant out. If you go to court on your own you run the risk of being detained. The best option is to hire an attorney to have the Judge "recall the warrant" and set a new court date.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Offices of Christopher L. Hoglin, P.C.
    Law Offices of Christopher L. Hoglin, P.C. | Christopher L. Hoglin
    Missing Court date - California If you missed a court date in California, the judge presiding over your case likely issued a Bench Warrant. This means, if you are stopped by the police, or they happen to go to your house, you can be arrested. In order to prevent being arrested, you'll need to go to the Criminal Clerk's window and ask that your case be "added-on" to the Court's calendar. Typically, you need to get to the Court's Criminal Clerks' department no later than 8:30 a.m., in order to get your case heard that same day. Although the judge has the authority to place you into custody, if your charge is a minor misdemeanor, it is unlikely (however not impossible), that the judge will reprimand you into custody. If you're charged with a Felony, and you posted bail to get out of jail originally, you should go to court with an attorney. This may be your only way of convincing the court to leave you out of jail on bail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Depends. If you missed it recently and go in to court and tell them that you mixed up the dates, it is likely that nothing will happen. If you are worried and it is a misdemeanor, you can hire a lawyer to appear for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    Go into court immediately, or hire an attorney to do so for you. Add yourself back on the Court's calendar and ask to have the warrant recalled, that is most likely placed. The longer you wait, the more likely it will be for a judge to decide to take you into custody.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    Contact your attorney immediately as you have to turn yourself in as soon as possible. You could get a contempt of court charge (on top of your original charges) depending on the Judge and the reason why you missed court. Talk to your attorney about what potential consequences.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    bark & karpf
    bark & karpf | peter bark
    It is always best to go to court as soon as possible and take care of the warrant. If this was the first missed court date for you, probably you will just get warned by the judge to keep better track of the courts date in the future.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    Law Office of Charles J. Block
    Law Office of Charles J. Block | Charles J. Block
    Depends on what Court and what the charge was - usually in Municipal Court the Judge issues an FTA (Failure to Appear) Notice warning you that if you do not appear for the new date listed on the FTA a Warrant will issue. If it is a Superior Court charge, again, depending on the charge and the type of Hearing, a Warrant will issue. My suggestion is to contact the Court and get some more information.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/29/2011
    The Law Office of Cindy Barton
    The Law Office of Cindy Barton | Cindy Barton
    Call the court right now and tell them why you missed. Ask them if they will set you up a new court date. Don't miss that one. Sometimes they will take off the warrant, sometimes they won't but don't just ignore it. It won't go away. You can receive jail time for failure to appear but usually won't if you take care of it.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Firm of Nicholas George
    Law Firm of Nicholas George | Nicholas George
    Call asap the prosecutor and explain your situation in detail. Likely, a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Call the clerk's office of the court which your case is in.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    Whenever you miss a court date, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. As such, you should immediately appear in court to recall the warrant. As a general rule, you should never appear in court to recall a warrant without a lawyer to represent you as this could be the difference between going in and staying out of jail. As such, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to explain your case and situation and go into court for you to recall the warrant. Depending on what kind of charges you have, the attorney may be able to recall the warrant without you ever having to go into court yourself. I hope this answer was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    PALMER | GEORGE, PLLC
    PALMER | GEORGE, PLLC | Brandie J. Rouse
    I would advise contacting the clerk of court. It's possible that a warrant was issued at that missed hearing; you want to find this out. If there is an outstanding bench warrant, you will want to request that it be quashed.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    You should call the court and reschedule.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Stevens Law Office, PLC
    Stevens Law Office, PLC | Ryan Stevens
    Yes, contact an attorney immediately and have an attorney contact the court on your behalf to inquire as to whether there is an arrest warrant for you. If there is a warrant, the attorney should have it quashed as soon as possible. If there is not a warrant, you may have a drivers license suspension or other penalty. A lawyer should be able to help you. Time is of the essence so you don't get arrested.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law | Jason Overton
    You need to hire an attorney. A Failure to Appear usually results in an additional charge, fines, and a warrant for your arrest. An attorney may help you avoid these things if you act quickly enough.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Sifuentes & Locke
    Sifuentes & Locke | Shannon Willis Locke
    If you have a lawyer you need to contact that lawyer asap and make arrangements to go to court. If you do not have a lawyer you need to contact a lawyer in your area asap. This is a situation where prompt action can make a real difference, warrants can be recalled and bonds can be lowered. However, if you wait everything just gets harder and the judge will most likely believe that you have been running so you can use drugs or get away with more crime.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You need to contact the court and find out the procedure for quashing the warrant. Some courts have a walk in calendar where you can explain the circumstances and ask the judge to recall the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    When you miss a court date a bench warrant is usually issued for your arrest. Immediately contact your attorney or the court and ask that a hearing be set to quash the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Office of Joseph Schodowski
    Law Office of Joseph Schodowski | Joseph Schodowski
    If you miss a court date, also known as "failure to appear," a judge will most likely issue a bench warrant for your arrest. The best thing you can do is call the court and explain the situation, tell them you want set up a hearing to quash the bench warrant, go to court and tell the judge why you missed your hearing. If the judge feels your reason is valid, the bench warrant will be quashed and a new court date will be set. Although, I don't recommend doing this without an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Office of Stephen P. Dempsey
    Law Office of Stephen P. Dempsey | Stephen P. Dempsey
    Do you have a lawyer? Otherwise, contact the court with a good explanation because the court will most likely have issued a bench warrant for your arrest. You may need to turn yourself in and the Judge will decide whether s/he wants to set bail or not depending on the case.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Camp Law Firm
    Camp Law Firm | Kevin Camp
    You need to get an attorney to get it fixed. Many times they can get you put back on the docket or help you with the punishments.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O.
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O. | Eric R. Chandler
    There was probably a bench warrant issued for your arrest. You need to go into court to have the warrant canceled. Whether or not you are looking at jail or not depends on the circumstances. It's possible to cancel the warrant on your own but it will be much easier for you to hire a criminal defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    You can call the court to try to see if the date can be rescheduled. If not, and a bail has been set on a warrant, you can post the bail or bond and be given a new court date. If neither of those is an option, turn yourself in to the county jail as soon as possible, and you may be released without bail given that you turned yourself in.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    You have to contact your lawyer and arrange a surrender date.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Baner and Baner
    Baner and Baner | Jonathan Baner
    You don't want to miss criminal court dates under any circumstances. Likely you're bail is revoked, and a bench warrant is issued for your arrest. Generally, you need to have the warrant quashed (not "squashed"). Circumstances vary on how to accomplish that.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    You will have a warrant for your arrest. You need to hire an attorney to work with a bail bonds company to keep you out of trouble.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    Get in touch with your attorney right away. Sometimes the court will reschedule the date, and the quicker you try, the better your odds are. If you can't get the date rescheduled you may have to turn yourself into the police to get a new court date. Since there's a warrant out for your arrest, you could be arrested at any time, so it's a bad idea to just forget about it.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Swann-Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    Swann-Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Swann
    Hiring an attorney will be your best option. An attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor and have any warrants for your failure to appear withdrawn or recalled. When you miss a court date the judge automatically will issue an FTA warrant so that you can be picked up by the police and brought before the judge to answer for your case. If you hire an attorney prior to being arrested for the FTA it may be avoided. An attorney may be able to recall the warrant and reset your case for another date which will give you time to talk to them about your options.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi | Elliott Zarabi
    Jail time is in regards to your crime. However, you probably do have a warrant out for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You should have an attorney go to court without you to recall the warrant and obtain a new court date. If you go to court by yourself, you could be taken in custody.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp.
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp. | Todd Landgren
    So much depends on the court, the judge and how long you have waited. Is it a misdemeanor or a felony? Usually if the attorney knows the court, the warrant, if any, can be recalled without penalty. This is again depending on the above factors. Hire a lawyer that knows the court. Don't try to do this without counsel.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/28/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    This depends upon how long it has been since the missed date. If it is very recent, you can most likely have your attorney call for another court date. If it has been a while, you probably have a warrant issued already and your attorney would need to surrender you to get the new court date. Missing a court date can place you in a position where you may have to post a bond to be released for court. An attorney is helpful in these situations.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 9/28/2011
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