A person who misses a court date needs to contact his attorney immediately, according to the Criminal Defense Lawyer website. Forgetting a court date has serious consequences. In the case of criminal or traffic charges, this can result in the judge issuing a bench warrant for the offender's arrest. The lawyer is often able to arrange for the defendant to take care of the issue without going to jail.Continue Reading
A bench warrant is an order for law enforcement authorities to arrest an individual and bring him to court. The officials can make the arrest at the individual's place of employment or home. If he appears in court on another matter, an officer can arrest him there. If an officer stops a person with a bench warrant for a minor traffic issue, the officer can arrest him immediately. According to Criminal Defense Lawyer, once an individual is arrested on a bench warrant, he is held in jail until the court hears the case or sets the bond amount and the individual pays it.
If the missed date was for a civil case, the court enters a judgment by default. If the individual has a good reason for missing the court date, it is possible to file a motion to vacate the judgment with the court. If the judge vacates the judgment, a new trial may occur immediately, according to Virtual Self-Help Law Center.Learn more about Law
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If a person misses a court date, a judge likely issues a bench warrant for the person's arrest, according to the Legal Aid Society. The warrant may be cleared if the individual reports to the Central Clerk's office where the case was scheduled to submit documentation to explain the absence.Full Answer >
If a court date concerns a traffic ticket, the website DMV.org offers a state-by-state resource finder for helping citizens determine how to pay their fines or check the dates of their hearings. TheLawDictionary.org is another resource for determining the date of a hearing.Full Answer >
A court date is accessible on the website of the court the summoned is to appear in, according to The Law Dictionary. Which court hears a case generally is determined by the municipality a crime or civil incident occurred in, except in cases of federal trials.Full Answer >