As a criminal defendant that has posted bail with the assistance of the professionals at Ajua Bail Bonds, it is extremely important that you appear before the judge, in court; at your designated, court appointed time and date. This is an appointment that you simply need to make. It’s not like blowing off your dentist appointment, or flaking out on your salon appointments. Your court day is extremely important. But what if you do miss? Perhaps you have a lapse in judgment and think you can slip through the court system’s cracks? Or even feel making it a wedding or a funeral is more important and you missed your hearing? There are serious consequences for missing your court date, and the first thing a judge will do is issue a warrant for your arrest.
Ajua Bail Bonds outlines the consequences for not appearing in court on your assigned date and time.
– A warrant is issued for failure to appear. For misdemeanor offenses you won’t have to worry about a SWAT team knocking down your door and dragging you back to jail kicking and screaming, but the likelihood of being arrested is high. Simply driving down the street when a patrol car scans your license plate could get you arrested, along with any driving infractions. No matter the cause, you name is on the hot sheets, and being arrested for warrants makes the justice system more difficult for you.
– Hire an Attorney to get warrant lifted. In most cases, hiring an attorney for your neglect could pay off. So if heading to Grandpa’s funeral or your sister’s wedding made you forget about your mandatory appearance, do not panic and choose a life on the run. An attorney can bring your case to the judge, and more often than not lift the warrant, and get you a new court date. Only this time, you better make it a priority to appear as judges do not often give second chances.
– Do old warrants expire? Even warrants that are decades old can lead you to trouble if not properly resolved. Evading old warrants can lead to other serious legal issues as well. The best thing to do is to turn yourself in. In minor offenses, the case could be dismissed entirely due to lack of evidence or witnesses being accurate. Getting it resolved on your accord leads to a better resolution as opposed to getting arrested for warrants. Getting arrested for the old warrant could get you denied for bail, and the courts will be a bit more tougher on you than if you were turn yourself in.
– Penalty for failure to appear in court. Depending on your alleged crime and your background, failure to appear in court can have various penalties.
• Misdemeanor penalties: There is a possibility you will also be charged with the failure to appear in court, along with your initial charges. There are fines attached, along with up to a year in prison and a license suspension. Those sentences will be combined with the additional sentencing of your initial crimes.
• Felony penalties: Along with your initial charges, a felony charge will be added for failure to appear. With expensive fines and prison time adding to your other penalties assessed after your original criminal proceedings.
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After being arrested, you will have the opportunity to post bail. Ajua Bail Bonds have experience and emergency services to help you get out quickly. Be sure to use your time wisely before your court appearance. Prepare your personal responsibilities, along with your defense. Just be sure to get to you court appearance to avoid additional penalties and hardships!