Failure to Appear in Court

Whether you are supposed to appear in court because of a traffic violation or for a serious matter such as a civil hearing for another case, you could face serious penalties if you fail to appear on the given time and date. Failing to appear in court is considered a misdemeanor and could cause potentially serious legal consequences in addition to the problems it may create for you in regard to the situation which had initially required your presence.

If you have failed to appear in court, you need a skilled and qualified legal professional to help you to address concerns which may arise as a consequence of this. Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis is committed to helping each of his clients, regardless of the circumstances. Contact him today at (512) 472-1950 to schedule a consultation.

Consequences of Failing to Appear in Court

If you fail to appear in court to pay a fine, appear before judge, or receive a sentencing, a judge will issue a bench warrant. If a judge issues this warrant, you could face the following consequences:

  • A police officer can legally arrest you and bring you to court if you are pulled over for a traffic violation and he or she finds such a warrant is associated with your license plate
  • Suspended license until the case is finished
  • Large fines
  • Jail time until the hearing or case is complete

The severity of the penalties at stake will depend greatly on the nature of the cause for your initial court appearance as well as your previous record.

Contact Us

A criminal defense attorney may be able to help you to persuade a judge that there was a valid reason for your inability to attend a previous court date. Do not delay seeking legal counsel in this situation. Contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950 today.


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