If you have been charged with a crime or received a traffic ticket, chances are you have been ordered to appear in court. For first time offenders this can become an intimidating thought, to have to stand before a judge and receive the consequences of your actions. Many people think that it is a better idea to avoid the court date all together and become wishful thinkers that the problem will magically go away. Unfortunately this is not how real life works, and if you fail to appear in court, you could be facing a great deal more of trouble than you would have if you simply showed up when and where you were suppose to in the first place.
Failure to Appear in Court May Result in Being Charged with a Crime
A simple traffic ticket could easily get turned into you being charged with an additional crime if you decide not to appear in court on your designated day and time. The failure to appear in court may sometimes be a misdemeanor or a very minor crime. However, it can also become a charge of contempt of court which is also a misdemeanor or a non-felony crime. It is never a good idea to bounce out of your court date and just think that it will disappear. Take responsibility and take care of business like an adult, your consequences for appearing in court will be much easier to deal with than if you choose not to appear.
Failure to Appear in Court Can Lead to a Warrant for Your Arrest
Not only will failing to appear in court possible land you with more criminal charges, but the court also has the power to take various actions if you fail to appear. One of these actions may be the issuance of a bench warrant. If you fail to appear in court on your appointed day, the judge has the power to issue a warrant for your arrest, so not only did your problem NOT go away, you now have people out actively searching for your whereabouts.
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Failure to appear in court may also result in a jail sentence, hefty fines, suspension of your driver’s license or change in conditions of release. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law and need help, contact Ajua Bail Bonds immediately. Ajua Bail Bonds will assist you in getting your bail paid and giving you the time you need to properly prepare to stand before the judge.