What Happens if I Fail to Appear in Court?

Failure to Appear in Court

Have you been issued a notice to appear in court? When you are summoned, you are required to appear before the court for many reasons. This can happen any time you are facing some type of criminal charge, such as a DWI/OVI, a theft crime, and even if you have received a ticket for a moving violation.

The courts may be requesting you to appear for a trial; if this is the case, then you should be given instructions to appear at the scheduled date and time. If you are not present at this appointed time, then you could face another criminal charge against you: failure to appear in court.

What Are the Consequences of Failing to Appear?

It is a mistake to think that snot appearing in court will make the charges go away. The courts will not “forget” that there is a charge against you, and a judge may even issue a bench warrant, especially if you had already acknowledged that you will appear in court for an arraignment.

If there is a warrant out for your arrest, you could face the following:

  • Your driver’s license may be suspended
  • You may be held in contempt of court
  • If you are pulled over for any other reason, the police can run a check on your driver’s license and discover that a warrant has been issued
  • You can be detained or sent to jail
  • The courts may deny issuing bail
  • You might be charged with other penalties in addition to failure to appear

Upon review of your case, our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys can investigate the matter. There may be many defenses to raise. For example, the courts did not give adequate time or notice about your court appearance. Or, a natural disaster or an accident prevented you from appearing in court at that time.

Retain a Lawyer Now!

Receiving word that you have been charged with “failure to appear in court” is news that no one ever wants to hear. However, if you do find yourself facing this, you have every right to retain legal representation and fight any charges that have no basis. As Cleveland criminal defense attorneys, we have built up an exceptional track record over the years defending clients who have been accused of serious criminal offenses.

Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly. is available 24/7. Get started with a free consultation.