What Happens if I Miss a Court Hearing?
Failure to Appear in Court
If you miss a court date, then there will likely be a
warrant issued for your arrest. You could face additional penalties for failing
to appear in court when you were required to. If you are not certain when
you are required to appear in court, you should contact a lawyer from
our firm. Martinian & Associates can review your case to determine
when you need to be in court.
If you are not aware of when you are required to appear in court, you should
absolutely get in touch with a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles
at Martinian & Associates INC. Our firm can handle your case, and
advise you when you are required to appear so that you do not face additional
In many cases, defendants fail to appear in court after they have posted
bail. If a person has posted a cash bail from their own funds or the funds
of a friend or family member, and then fails to appear in court, law enforcement
can arrest them on site. If you or a loved one went through a bondsman
in order to post bail, and then the defendant skips a court hearing, the
bondsman can hire a bounty hunter to pursue the defendant and take them
into custody. In California, bounty hunting is legal provided that the
bounty hunters meet the requirements of California Codes Chapter 166.
In some cases, when the defendant is not considered a flight risk or a
violent offender, the judge will release them before their court hearing
without bail. This is called release on personal recognizance. This is
only allowed when it is highly unlikely that the person will flee. Regardless
of the events that led to you missing your court hearing, you will need
help from a
Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer. At Martinian & Associates, we can advise you of your required court
hearings and what you can do if you miss.