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What happens if you miss a court date?

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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.

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If it has been just a few days following the court date, a warrant can usually be cleared if the individual reports to the central clerk's office to rectify the issue settled in court or to reschedule a new hearing date, according to the Legal Aid Society. In cases where it has been a long period of time since the missed court date, the individual runs the risk of being charged with a felony and may need to obtain an attorney. With the assistance of an attorney, the individual can report to the Central Clerk's Office to surrender and provide documentation for the absence or an explanation.

In some cases, judges can impose fines and jail time when a person misses a court date, depending on the crime on trial, according to Nolo. A judge can also order suspension of a person's driver's license or revocation of bond, denying the individual's release on bond or on his own recognizance. Some judges may order the individual to remain in jail until the case is tried or completed.

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