What will I do if I was charged with a misdemeanour but my name was not on the list when I showed up for court? 30 Answers as of September 18, 2012

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Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
Go to the clerk's office and ask them to check for your name. Then have them either stamp your paperwork or give you a document showing that you were present at the courthouse on that date.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/18/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Ask the court clerk when you are supposed to appear.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/18/2012
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
There is a clerk of the court in the courtroom at all criminal hearings. You need to go up and ask her to look your name up and if you have a Notice of Hearing, show it to her. If you do nothing, you run the risk of getting a warrant issued for your arrest for not appearing. You could also try to look your name up on the clerk of court's website.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 9/18/2012
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
Pray that they lost your file forever.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 9/18/2012
The Gardner Law Firm, PLC | Brandon Gardner
Call that court and ask what the status of your case is as well as any scheduled court dates for the future.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/14/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    See if the ticket was filed with the court & if not make sure they agree to dismiss it if it comes in later.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    Talk to the court clerk.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You should retain an attorney to handle any case and try to get it dismissed so that you do not have a criminal record. If you are indigent you can have Legal Aid handle the case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Contact the clerk and find out when your case will be on. It won't just go away.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Retain an attorney and figure out what is going on, before a warrant is issued for your arrest for failure to appear in court.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    Check with the clerk or DA's office or probably both.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    See the Clerk of the Court immediately, BEFORE leaving the courthouse, if possible. If you left, get back to that office as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
    You don't need to do anything. If they ever file charges, they will notify you. Don't make the mistake of calling the DA to follow up. You don't need to go reminding them to prosecute you for a crime.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Sow the papers you have to the court clerk. They will tell you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Ask the judge to explain the courts policy if your name is not listed. This does not mean the charges are not valid, only that the date may have been changed.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    If you were not on the docket, then wait for the next notice that you are on the docket.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/17/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Exactly what the court clerk or bailiff told you to do when you talked to them about not being on the calendar list. Wait for a letter from the DA or court advising you of a court appearance.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    You should have told the court officer who would have investigated why you were not listed. You should contact the court to make sure there is no warrant issued for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
    I would call the Court to see if you have a future court date or whether you already missed your court date. If you already missed your court date, you will have to appear or retain an attorney to appear on your behalf to quash the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    Talk to your attorney if you have one. If you don't, I suggest you consult one as soon as possible. If you can't afford one, consult the public defender's office. What probably happened is that the D.A. did not have enough evidence to charge you, yet at the time of your initial court appearance. They might have rejected the case (declined to prosecute) or simply continued it (meaning they will file charges later on). Different counties have different procedures for handling these situations. You should consult an attorney in your area right away to protect your rights.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Let the Clerk know that you showed up and make sure they have your address correct in case you get mailed a Summons.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    The clerk will stamp tour ticket. Make sure they have your right address. The DA will mail you a letter with a new court date.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    Try going to the Clerk's office and see if your charge was processed and just failed to be on the docket.? Show the clerk your notice so you can verify that you are in court on the date the charge was set.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    The Barrister Firm
    The Barrister Firm | Christopher Benjamin
    Speak with the Clerk of Court and explain your situation and verify that they have your correct address so that you will receive your notices.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC | Matthew R. Kober
    Have the clerk of the court notate on the docket that you showed up and reschedule a new date to appear.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Ask the court for a court date.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend that you retain an attorney and that you inquire about this, because it is very unlikely that it went away and therefore you must address it as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    Did you approach the court clerk or a sheriff? Go to the Clerk of Circuit Court's office now (it is in the court building). Explain what happened. Try to get your case back on the right court date. You may need to post a bail. When court next happens for you, sit in the front row and be early.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    You will ask the clerk if there is a pending case, or what happened to the case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/14/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    It could not not filed for you. So you just wait for a letter to come in the mail (or not). They have 1 year to file.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/14/2012
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