What happens when you miss your court date for a DUI? 90 Answers as of September 20, 2012

I missed my court date and I am worried about the repercussions of this. I was dealing with some family issues when I had to be appear in court. What can I do?

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Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
They will issue a warrant. You can be arrested on this.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/22/2012
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
In most instances, missing a court date will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest where you can be jailed until bail is set or until you appear in court.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/18/2011
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
If your presence was required at that court hearing, the judge may have issued a warrant for your arrest. If you have an attorney, contact them immediately. Failing to appear for a required court appearance in a criminal matter may result in your bond being forfeited. If your bond is forfeited, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest and you will serve time in jail as your case progresses until a new bond is posted. Further, in some instances, failing to appear could result in additional charges or sanctions. The most immediate concern, though, is usually whether a person's bond was forfeited. I'd recommend contacting the court, finding out whether you have a pending warrant, and if you do have a pending warrant, turning yourself in. I'd strongly recommend obtaining legal council to assist you with this matter.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/17/2011
Bloom Legal, LLC
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
You should never skip a court date without first informing the court. Because you missed your court date, it is highly possible that a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest which means that if you are stopped for any reason by police you will be arrested on the spot. You should consider immediately hiring a DWI defense attorney who will be able to attempt to contact the court and negotiate for the warrant to be lifted in return for your promise to appear at a new court date. Your attorney will also be able to work to attempt to smooth over the potential negative consequences that your failure to appear will have had on the overall proceedings. If you are seeking legal representation in this matter in Louisiana, I invite you to contact my firm at the information on this page for a free case evaluation.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 8/17/2011
LynchLaw
LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
Either you, or a private attorney, needs to go down to the criminal Clerks office to place your case back onto the criminal court calendar. It is much easier to hire a private attorney to both represent your interests and get the case back on the calendar. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/31/2011
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
    Best thing you can do is get in touch with a lawyer who can (hopefully) get the warrant the judge ordered when you didn't show up withdrawn without you going into custody. The procedure varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and some counties are more forgiving of people who miss court than others. One problem you may have if you are eligible for the DUII Diversion program is that the Diversion statute disqualifies people who miss their first courtdate from the Diversion program (unless you have a really really good excuse - maybe another reason to find an experienced DUII attorney
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/16/2011
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    Anderson Walsh PLLC | STACI LYNN ANDERSON
    There was likely a bench warrant issued for your arrest. You would have to move the court to quash the bench warrant and appear at the hearing. You may be lead away in cuffs to go to the jail to post the new bond, however. You should look at the court repository online to see how much the new bond is, as you may just chose to turn yourself in at the jail and post the bond to get right back out. This would keep you from being arrested at your place of employment or home.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
    You probably have a warrant out so it is important that you contact an attorney right away to get this warrant recalled. If you get stopped with a warrant you could get taken into custody and have to post bail to get out. An attorney can go into court without you and recall the warrant so you don't have to worry about getting taken into custody. The court will recall the warrant and not require bail in most cases, unless you have failures to appear or multiple DUIs on your record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C.
    Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C. | Brian Walker
    It depends upon the type of hearing that you missed. If it was a mandatory appearance for an arraignment, pretrial hearing, or other matter at which your appearance is required, the prosecuting attorney will generally request a warrant for your arrest and, in the case of the Readiness hearing, that the trial date be stricken. Often, however, if you have an attorney, your appearance me not be required, or in some cases may be waived (pretrial conference, scheduling review, etc.). Your best course of action is to get back on the docket as soon as possible and to explain your situation to the judge. Before you do anything, however, you should definitely speak to your attorney, or speak to another attorney, if you do not have one. Your chances of getting back on track without spending time in jail greatly increase with the presence of an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    There is a warrant issued for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    A bench warrant will issue if you miss a court date. You can be arrested on the outstanding warrant if an officer stops you. You can go to court to quash the warrant and get the case moving again. You should do this as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Chances are good that the court has or will issue a bench warrant for the absconder's arrest. In most district courts, the defendant may show up at an appointed time to request the court to quash the warrant. If you call the district court where the hearing took place, they can give you instructions on how to get your case heard.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel | Gregory M. Abel
    Missing a scheduled court date results in a Bench Warrant being issued. It will also suspend your driver's license in Oregon. You should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    A warrant will be issued for your arrest. You need to go to court and have your case called as a add on and tell the judge what happened. The warrant will be recalled and your case can then continue. If you do not go to court and you have contact with the police you will be arrested and you will spend time in jail (one to three days).
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Christopher Lee
    If you miss a mandatory court date then a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. It is important that you hire an attorney to go into court and recall that bench warrant for you. Usually, the attorney can do this without you present; however, there are some instances where the court may want you to be present as well. If you can't afford an attorney, you can go to court yourself. You can go to the general criminal clerk window and speak with them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    Most times when you fail to appear the judge issues a warrant and you are subject to arrest. It can be remedied by going back and asking the judge to recall it. It is easier if you have a lawyer, who can appear for you and avoid the possibility of your arrest at court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    I would need further information to answer better, such as how long ago was the court date. If it was a mateer of days instead of weeks you should go to the court to see if there is a warrant out for your arrest and if so you can probably get it vacated.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    A missed court date can result in a warrant for your arrest. If it has not been very long, you may be able to just call the court clerk and get the court appearance rescheduled. If it has been a while, you should consult with an attorney, who may be able to get the warrant released so you can appear. Doing nothing is not advisable.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    Contact the Clerk of Court and see what you need to do to get the matter reset. It usually involves filing a motion to set aside an alias that has been issued or going to add-on court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Russman Law
    Russman Law | Ryan Russman
    If you miss your Court date for a dwi a bench warrant will issue for your arrest. You must contact the Court immediately and file a motion to strike the default and pay a $50 default fee.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    A warrant will be issued for your arrest, a show cause hearing will be held to determine if your bond should be revoked. This e-mail is covered under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 USC 2510-2521, and is legally privileged. The information contained in this e-mail is intended only for use of the individual or entity named above. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Halprin Law Office
    Halprin Law Office | Richard Halprin
    You need to retain a lawyer and hobo court ASAP or risk arrest at any time on a bench warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    A warrant has probably been issued for your arrest. I would call the court and tell them what happened. The court may schedule a new date for you to appear. If you are not represented by legal counsel, I would strongly recommend it as a DUI is a serious matter that carries with it jail time, substantial fines, loss of license and other issues. Consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    There will be a bench warrant for your arrest. Your should contact an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    Turn yourself in on the warrant that was issued.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    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 is likely a warrant out for your arrest. You need to go to court and have the warrant cancelled. You should consult an attorney before doing so.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Nixon Ayemi | Nixon Ayeni
    missing a court date is very bad you have to have an emergency that will cause the court to allow you to take a second bite at the apple, the best thing to do is get a lawyer to help you talk to the prosecutor and the judge before you get picked up.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
    Sounds like you don't have a lawyer which is your first mistake. If you had an attorney, your DUI lawyer would have gotten your court date adjourned (moved) for you. Get a great DUI lawyer working for you on your case and there shouldn't be a problem getting your court date rescheduled. It is likely that a warrant was issued for your arrest when you failed to show up for court. www.notafraidtowin.com. Again, getting the warrant set aside and having your bond reinstated when you are arraigned on the warrant should not be a problem with a good attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    If you miss your court date, regardless of the charge, the court will hold you in default and issue a warrant for your arrest. If you haven't hired an attorney yet, this would be the time. You need to surrender yourself to the court on the warrant. Explaining your family problems should keep you out of jail, especially if you show up with an attorney representing you. If you cannot afford an attorney you should still surrender yourself. It is better than waiting for the police to arrest you and bring you in.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Khayoumi Law Firm
    Khayoumi Law Firm | Salim A. Khayoumi
    If you've missed the court date without providing the court notice then the judge assigned to your case has signed a warrant for your arrest (Failure to Appear Warrant & additional charge of FTA). You should immediately seek the services of an experienced, licensed New Mexico criminal defense attorney. If you can't afford private counsel then apply for indigent legal services via the New Mexico Public Defender's office. If you meet the poverty guidelines established by the department, you will be assigned a qualified & licensed New Mexico defense attorney to handle your case. Best of luck!
    Answer Applies to: New Mexico
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    If you miss a court date for a DUI, or any criminal matter in District or Superior Courts, a bench warrant is issued for your arrest. You should immediately contact your attorney, public defender agency, or the clerk of the court where your DUI is pending to schedule a hearing to quash the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    When you failed to appear at your court date the court likely issued a warrant for your arrest. The court also set a bail amount, often between 5000 and 25000 for your arrest. You need to immediately contact our law firm so we can help you have the warrant recalled and then defend you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    You need to get on the court calendar to get the warrant taken off. A lawyer could help.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    A bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, and proceedings have begin to suspend your driver's license. Read the citation you were issued. That is exactly what it says. If you are stopped after your license is suspended you will be arrested for a new offense of driving on a suspended license and held on the warrant, until the judge is available to see you. I would suggest retaining an attorney, but you can try adn get the court date rescheduled. Few courts reschedule a bench warrant, but you can try. The otehr alternative is to turn yourself in to the local jail, and wait and see when the judge can see you (typically a 3 day wait). See my website for other hints: www.lawrencelewispc.com Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law | Glenn M. Sowa
    You should check with the circuit clerk's office in the county in which this DUI is pending. In some cases, the court will continue the case and send you a notice to appear on a subsequent date. If this is the case, do not miss this next date or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. However, it is most likely that the court did issue a warrant on the date that you missed court. If that is the case, determine what the bond is on the warrant (the clerk should be able to tell you this). You may then surrender yourself at any police station to post the bond on the warrant. This will generate a new court date. You may also motion the case up and ask the judge to quash the warrant, explaining to the judge why you missed your last court date. The judge may or may not quash the warrant at that point. I would suggest you contact an attorney to assist you in this matter immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Usually after a first missed court appearance the judge will give a short adjournment and the court might send you a letter warning you that if you don't show up again that a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Don't wait for the letter. Call the court and get the new date right away and make darn sure that you show up on time.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Go into court with an attorney and explain. They usually issue a bench warrant for nonappearance. If you go and take care of it, things go better than if the police pick you up.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Nichols Law Firm
    Nichols Law Firm | Michael J. Nichols
    The court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Contact a qualified dui lawyer right away. Mike Nichols
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of John E. Gutbezahl LLC
    Law Office of John E. Gutbezahl LLC | John E Gutbezahl
    First, a warrant was likely issued for your arrest and second, failure to appear for your court date may prohibit you from entering diversion if you were otherwise eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Probably, there is a warrant out for your arrest. If the court date was recent, that is, within the past 1-2 weeks, you have less to worry about than if it has been a long time since your failure to appear. I would suggest going to the Clerk of Court's office and filing a Motion to Quash and Recall the warrant, and reinstating your bond. There is a chance that you will have to post a new bond, or that the bond will be reinstated. Take a lawyer with you when you go to court to do this. First, call the clerk's office and find out how much it will cost to file the Petition to Quash. Also find out the amount of the new bond ordered if you are arrested. I would have someone with you who could post the bond, if the judge does not reinstate the original bond. Also, your license may be revoked immediately upon the Secretary of State getting notification of your failure to appear on the case, and you should take steps, once the matter in court gets resolved, to get a certified copy of the quash and recall order and take to the Secretary of State.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Kathleen N. Carey Law Offices, PLC
    Kathleen N. Carey Law Offices, PLC | Kathleen N. Carey
    It usually results in a bench warrant for your arrest and any civil (i.e., non criminal) citations going into default. The best thing to do is to go to the court and ask for the bench warrant to be quashed. Waiting to get picked up for the warrant is not recommended.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    If you miss a court date for any crime, there will be an arrest warrant issued for you. To handle a warrant, you must turn yourself into the court issuing the warrant as soon as possible, with or without an attorney, and try to negotiate a recall of the warrant and a plea bargain on the new Failure to Appear charge, negotiate bail or OR release, and negotiate any outstanding charges that caused the warrant. Doing so voluntarily will result in a better outcome than being brought in cuffs to court after arrest on the warrant. Since this is a misdemeanor, the attorney can appear in court without the defendant being present, and any plea bargain deal could be handled by notarized paperwork. Unless you're competent to effectively represent yourself in court against a professional prosecutor trying to put you in jail, most people hire an attorney who can.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Thank you for your inquiry First, you should contact your attorney. The attorney will then contact the Court for the procedure. If it is not too long after missing the date, then you will be in a better position. It will be much better if you do this with your attorney. On your own, it is generally not so pretty. Second, you need to explain to the Court the reason for missing the date. If there is a work schedule, school schedule, hospitalization or medical treatment, funeral, etc., then you should gather confirmation documents so you can provide information to the Court. Should there be no such reason, then you will be throwing yourself on the mercy of the Court. Remember, the sooner you take care of this the better. If in Macomb Oakland or Wayne counties, you may contact this office if you have not yet retained an attorney. I hope that this is helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Mark Bruce
    Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
    Likely the court issued a warrant for your arrest. You need to take this seriously. You could be arrested on the warrant and end up in jail. You need to go to the courthouse where the case is being heard and ask the clerk's office to send it to the courtroom for a warrant recall. Typically, you won't be arrested when asking for a recall. Then you need to appear in court at the date and time the clerk tells you. Tell the court what happened and ask to be appointed a lawyer. Do not ignore this warrant. It could prove costly.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Boske Law Offices
    Boske Law Offices | Michael A Boske
    The Court will issue a warrant for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Srai Law Office
    Srai Law Office | Gurjit Singh Srai, Esq.
    Generally, when you miss your court date the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. You might place yourself back on calendar.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Your attorney can smooth this over with the court. If you don't have one, hire one ASAP.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    If charges were filed and you didn't show up, a warrant was likely issued for your arrest. You will need an attorney for your DUI case anyway, so look for a local criminal defense attorney to represent you. Do it ASAP so they can get in court and get the warrant recalled before you get arrested.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Lori C. Obenauf LLC
    Lori C. Obenauf LLC | Lori C. Obenauf
    Typically, a bench warrant is issued for your arrest and your bond is forfeited. If you posted a bond through a bail bondsman, the bondsman may come looking for you to turn you in to the law enforcement officials. If you posted a property bond, then the authorities may place a lien on that property in order to collect the bond. If you posted a cash bond, then you may be deemed to have forfeited the cash bond. I recommend that you hire an attorney that can work with the prosecutor's office to address the matter and resolve the DUI. It is always better for you to turn yourself in before the authorities find you.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Potter Law Offices
    Potter Law Offices | Cal J. Potter, III, Esq.
    A warrant is issued for your arrest. It comes from the judge's bench and is called a bench warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Watkins Law Office
    Watkins Law Office | Bob Watkins
    When you were arrested and bailed the court or bail commissioner set a bail. Your failure to appear for the court hearing will result in a warrant for your arrest being issued. If you posted cash bail the court could order the cash surrendered. At this point you can choose to go to the court or arresting department and surrender on the warrant. Once brought before the court the judge can release you again on the same or more cash bail or have you held without bail. Your other choice is to wait until you eventually have contact with the police and getarrested on the warrant. This is not the best choice for a number of reasons. Best to work with an attorney to arrange your surrender if a warrant has issued. You could call the district court and ask if the warrant has already issued.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    A warrant likely issued for your arrest. An attorney can help you dispose of the warrant with a minimum of inconvenience. You should move quickly, however, because the warrant can be served on you at any time. You would much rather bring yourself in to court than be brought there in custody. Please understand that answering this doesn't create an attorney/client relationship between us, and as hard as I try to answer your question well, it isn't legal advice. No matter how much information you put into a question, the answers you are going to get are still going to be vague. It is in your interest to contact a lawyer, most of whom will do a free consultation. Even 15 minutes with a lawyer is going to produce a more specific answer to your problem.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    There is a warrant issued for your arrest. It's important to hire an attorney and get that warrant quashed....right away.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We are criminal lawyers in Augusta, Georgia. We recommend you retain a criminal attorney ASAP to help address the bench warrant and charge against you.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    The judge most likely issued a bench warrant. This means that if you have any contact with the police they will arrest you and bring you to court, bail will probably be issued and you'll have to either post the bail or pay a bail bondsman to do it for you, which usually requires 10% down. If you hire an attorney, she will handle your DUI charges and ask the judge to recall the bench warrant. If you go to court yourself you run the risk of being detained.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law | Jason Overton
    You need to hire a lawyer. You should have hired one to defend you when you were charged with DUI. DUI is a serious offense with severe fines and penalties. Failure to appear will mean additional fines, and a warrant has likely been issued for your arrest. You need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to resolve this.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    The best thing would be to retain a good certified criminal law specialist who you will need for the case anyway and try to have the warrant withdrawn and get your case on the calendar.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    The court probably issued a warrant for your arrest. You can call the court clerk's office and ask when the court conducts warrant recall hearingsand then ask to be heard on the next available date.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    No matter what was going on you should have contacted your attorney or the courtroom any time you cannot make it to court. The Judge would have issued a bench warrant for your arrest. Contact your attorney IMMEDIATELY to remedy this problem. The longer it goes, the worse it is for you.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of Christopher Jackson
    Law Offices of Christopher Jackson | Christopher L. Jackson
    You very likely have a warrant out for your arrest. You need to hire a lawyer to contact the court and county attorney to try and quash the warrant and get you back on the docket.
    Answer Applies to: Kentucky
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    A bench warrant will be issued for your arrest, and your bond can be forfeited to the state. You need to get someone to contact the court and/or the prosecutor and arrange a date for you to come to court and explain what happened.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    If you "fail to appear" (FTA) for a hearing, docket sounding, arraignment, etc. you can file a Motion to recall the warrant (that the judge probably issued). So, I would retain an attorney right away and that attorney would know which motions to file. Depending on the Judge this failure to appear can be a simple problem to correct or a painful experience.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    They can issue a bench warrant for you and have you arrested. You should hire an attorney to deal with this problem.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Michael J. Kennedy
    A failure to appear warrant will issue and there will be a hold placed on your license. Get into court right away! The longer you wait, the worse it will be.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    It depends. If it was for misdemeanor and an arraignment, you will likely have a cash bail and a warrant for your arrest in NH. You should contact the court and turn yourself in. If a trial date again you will need to turn yourself in the bail may be higher If a felony a warrant and even higher bail will be set. Do not ignore this, contact a good lawyer and turn self in.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You need to get an attorney to appear in court to recall the warrant, then address the DUI. If you go to court by yourself, there is a higher chance that the Judge will take you into custody. Worse, sometimes Judges will give you no choice but to plead guilty, even when it is a very defensible case. For example, the Judge may say that if you plead guilty then the warrant will be recalled, but if you don't, bail will be set. This kind of thing never happens when an attorney handles the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco | Victor J Mazzaraco
    A warrant for your arrest is issued, a hold is placed on your license -meaning from that point on you are driving on a suspended license - and the additional charge of failing to appear is added to the charges against you. The FTA is also a misdemeanour.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    There is a good possibility that a bench warrant was issued for your arrest. You should hire an attorney quickly to handle your case.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    Contact your attorney right away and check on what happened on the court date, a warrant for your arrest may have been issued. If you're not able to reach your attorney then I'd suggest hiring an attorney temporarily just to check up on whether a warrant was issued and maybe clearing up the warrant, if it was issued.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If you cannot even make your court appearances you are going to have a bench warrant and that will be on your record forever. You should retain an experienced criminal attorney to surrender yourself on the warrant and then handle the case. Drinking and driving is like shooting a gun at a moving train and hoping no one gets hit by the bullets. I hope you will buy a diary so that you can put important dates in it and then you will not forget to appear in court or at the doctor's office. It's time to grow up and become an adult. Good Luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Warrant, possible bond violation charge, possible judgement against you on traffic charges. Sooner you deal with it the better. If you call the judges clerk ASAP these might be avoided but it would have to be within a day of the missed court date.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    An arrest warrant will be issued and any bail will be forfeited.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    Most likely the Court issued a bench warrant for your arrest. It is generally beneficial to dealing with this sooner as opposed to later. I would recommend hiring an attorney to handle your DUI case (for many reasons) including to recall the case to have any warrant recalled and quashed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    You need to get the case back on calendar with a motion before you get arrested for failure to appear.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi | Rodney Nosratabadi
    There is currently a bench warrant issued for your arrest. You should hie an attorney to recall the bench warrant and set anew court date for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    The court issues a warrant for your arrest and you lose your license. You have to contact the court to try to quash the warrant or post bail.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    Every court has a prosess for addressing warrants. There should of been an arrest warrant issued when you did not show. It is best if you get in to address the warrant asap. You want to get the warrant quashed (dropped). It is best to have an attorney with you. Sometimes the judge will not be too harsh if you have a fair excuse and you appear fairly soon. If you have other criminal history or a history of not showing up to court the consequences of a no show become more severe, but that appears not to be the case here.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin | Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    You likely have a bench warrant for your arrest. If you do nothing, you will eventually be arrested. You should check with the court clerk's office where you were scheduled for court and 1) see if there is a bench warrant, and 2) see if they have a policy that allows you to put your case back on calendar. Or you can contact an attorney who practices in the city where you missed your court date and ask him/her to take care of it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    There is probably a warrant out for you. It is better to go through the front door of the courthouse to fix this rather than waiting to be arrested. Hire an attorney in your area to help you explain why you missed court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Best is if you can have a lawyer do this for you. Otherwise, go to the courthouse and ask the clerk to add it to the calender. If it is not too long ago it will usually be o.k. if you have a compelling story to go along with it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    The Umansky Law Firm
    The Umansky Law Firm | William D. Umansky
    The judge will likely issue a warrant for your arrest. You should get a lawyer to try to set aside the warrant and set it for a court date. Furthermore, if you posted a bond, it may be revoked and a lawyer might be able to set that aside.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    A DUI is a criminal offense. If you failed to appear in court as required a bench warrant was probably issued for your arrest. You can be arrested at any moment once the police are aware of the warrant, and in the era of the computer, this is not difficult. Advice: Hire a lawyer to arrange a surrender on the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you have a lawyer and your lawyer covered for you, or if you just missed it a day or so ago, contact the court ASAP and see if they will reinstate your bond. If not, then you will have to make a new bond. You definitely need a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    The Law Firm of David Jolly
    The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
    The most important thing to do immediately is to quash the warrant. If you have an attorney, contact that attorney. If you do not, consult with an attorney. Typically you may quash a warrant one of three ways, depending on your criminal history and the court you are in. These three ways are as follows: 1. Turn yourself in to the county/municipal jail (you will eventually appear in front of a judge and the judge will hopefully quash the warrant and release you); 2. Show up to a Court calendar and when called, tell the Judge what happened and ask to quash the warrant; 3. Schedule (note) a motion and request the judge quash the warrant. If you have a good attorney the missed court date may be of no consequence in your case.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Dichter Law Office, PLLC
    Dichter Law Office, PLLC | Jonathan Dichter
    Typically the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You most likely have a bench warrant. That means that either you can post bail or bond or you must turn yourself in and get a new court date. A criminal defense attorney can investigate the status and tell you what your options are. Obviously it is not a perfect situation but it is very manageable.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    If you have an attorney or were planning to hire one, it would be best to have that attorney try to get you in ASAP and ask to quash a warrant. Otherwise, you should get in ASAP during the normal court docket and ask if you can get any warrant that may have been issued quashed. You should not wait.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/14/2011
    Law Office of Kyle T. Green, PLLC
    Law Office of Kyle T. Green, PLLC | Kyle T. Green
    Because you missed your court date, you likely have a warrant for your arrest. Depending on the court, you can go in and pay the warrant fee and have a new court date set.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 8/14/2011
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