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Failure to Appear

Failure to Appear in Court in California

When anyone falls short of complying with a court order, it is considered a failure to appear. Failing to appear can be as simple as not resolving a misdemeanor infraction or more serious problems such as failure to attend an alcohol rehabilitation program related to a felony DUI conviction.

If you are required to complete a promise to the court, it is always in your best interest to do so. Missing a court date is not the same as missing a doctor’s appointment, and the consequences can be far more serious. Still, life happens and you may find yourself having to answer to the court as to why you failed to appear. An experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney should be consulted to help with your failure to appear case. The defense lawyers at Hoffman & Associates have more than 30 years of daily courtroom experience and have handled many failure to appear cases.

Consequences of Failing to Appear

Being a defendant in a criminal case often requires you to appear in court. If you do not show up on the day and time the court has set aside, the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Even if you have failed to resolve a misdemeanor speeding ticket, a bench warrant can be issued for your arrest.

There are several ways to clear up a failure to appear problem if an arrest warrant has been issued:

  • Turn yourself in with the assistance of a qualified defense attorney
  • Be involuntarily arrested by the police and brought before the court

Obviously, appearing voluntarily to address the failure to appear warrant is preferable to being arrested by a police officer. The degree of punishment for failing to appear is directly related to the severity of the crime. The consequences handed down by the court can vary depending on what promises you failed to keep.

When You Appear, Have Qualified Defense Attorneys By Your Side

The knowledgeable defense attorneys at Hoffman & Associates can appear with you in court and make sure your side of the story is heard before a judge. If you are facing a failure to appear issue, we will help you clear your name and protect your good reputation.

We offer a phone or office consultation and our attorneys regularly appear in courtrooms throughout California. Contact us today to discuss the facts of your case and put our years of experience to work for you in defending your failure to appear case.