What Should I Do If I Missed a Court Date?

Missing a court date can be a distressing experience, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Many individuals have found themselves in similar situations for understandable reasons. The key is to remain calm and take proactive steps as soon as you realize you’ve missed your hearing.

Understanding the Consequences

In criminal cases, failing to appear for a court date can lead to serious consequences. A judge may issue a warrant for your arrest, taking into account factors such as your criminal history, previous instances of missed court dates, and other relevant considerations when determining bail.

Responding to a Warrant

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, there are several options available to you for addressing the situation:

  1. Posting Bail: You can post bail to the court yourself.
  2. Bail Bonding Company: Contact a bail bonding company to post bail on your behalf.
  3. Court Communication: Reach out to the court to inquire about administrative options for quashing the warrant, which may involve paying a fee or scheduling a hearing to explain your absence to the judge.

When contacting the court, it’s advisable to speak with a clerk for an update on your case’s status. The clerk can provide information about any issued warrants, the bail amount, and available options for resolution. Once the warrant is quashed, the court will reschedule the missed hearing.

In certain circumstances, quashing a warrant may be more challenging. It’s recommended to consult with an attorney promptly if:

  • The warrant has been outstanding for more than six months.
  • The warrant relates to a probation violation or serious charges such as DUI or felony offenses.
  • The bail amount is exceptionally high.

An experienced attorney can navigate complex warrant recall procedures and advocate on your behalf to minimize costs and ensure compliance with court directives.

Contact Us for Assistance

If you’ve missed a court date or a warrant has been issued for your arrest, don’t panic. Our team at the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is here to provide the support and legal assistance you need. Contact us at (360) 334-6277 to discuss your situation. We’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and work diligently to resolve your case.

Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer and our dedicated team have extensive experience defending individuals facing missed court dates and related legal matters. We’re committed to helping you navigate this process with confidence and peace of mind. Give us a call at (360) 334-6277 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward resolving your case