What Happens in a Failure to Appear in Court?Written on September 17, 2014
If you are arrested for most offenses in Georgia, you will have the opportunity to post bond and leave jail. You will be given a court date to appear before a judge regarding your case. If you receive a traffic ticket, and don’t pay the fine ahead of time, you will also be given a court date. It’s very important to appear when you are scheduled to do so.
It’s your responsibility to make sure the court has your correct address. It’s not uncommon for a court date to be changed. If that happens, you will be notified by mail. If your current address isn’t on file, there is a good chance you won’t receive the change of date notice. The judge won’t accept the excuse of: “I didn’t know my court date changed.”
The most important thing you can do, if you are arrested, is to contact an attorney from The Silverbach Group. Not only will we provide you with experienced and effective legal counsel, we will keep you updated on your case and notify you when you need to be in court.
If you don’t show up for your court date, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. You might not even know you have a warrant. If you are pulled over for a traffic violation, the officer will run your name, discover the warrant and arrest you. If it was a traffic offense, your driver’s license will most likely also be suspended.
In addition to still having your original charges or ticket to deal with, you will also be charged with Failure to Appear. This is a completely separate charge that you may or may not receive a bond for. What started as a minor offense could quickly become an extended stay in jail if you are charged with Failure to Appear.
It’s common for people who have been arrested to utilize a bail bondsman. If a bonding company posts your bail, and you don’t go to court, it’s taken very seriously. If a representative from the bonding company is unable to reach you, a bail recovery agent (bounty hunter) just may show up to your home or place of employment and take you into custody.
As you can see, it’s very important to go to court. Missing an appearance before a judge can have dire consequences. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group are here for you throughout the entire legal process. If you are in need of legal assistance , call us at (770) 635-0334.