If you’re charged with a crime, you may be ordered to appear in court. Depending on the charges you face, you may be required to appear several times for the case – for things like arraignments, pre-trial conferences, hearings, trials, sentencing, or other procedures. Summons, or notices are court orders. If you don’t appear as mandated by the order, you have violated a court order and face the contempt of court. That can even mean additional criminal charges.
You could be charged with one of two crimes. Failure to appear, which is a misdemeanor. Contempt of court, which is also a misdemeanor.
There are many actions which can be taken if you fail to appear at court.
Our NYC failure to appear lawyers can help you create solid defenses that make it apparent to the judge that you didn’t fail to appear on purpose. The court has to give you proper notice in order to prove you didn’t willfully appear. If the procedure is to send notice by mail, then court is required to mail notice your address or the attorney. If your address changes and you inform the court – and you don’t get the notice, then it’s not your fault you didn’t appear.
In the event circumstances beyond your control kept you from appearing in court, such as an illness, an accident, or disaster, then this can be a defense our nyc failure to appear lawyers use to defend you.
If you are a witness who failed to appear in court, then you might face the same penalties as if you were the one being charged with the crime. If you don’t show up as ordered, you could face contempt of the court, and have an arrest warrant issued
Regardless of why you didn’t show up in court, you should consult with an attorney ASAP. Our nyc criminal attorneys know the rules, and can help you.
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