It is unlikely that you will be looking at jail time unless you have a lengthy criminal record. You should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure the best possible result.
Jail is always possible with a criminal conviction; however, it not likely. You do need an attorney to insure you avoid the conviction
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A conviction on the failure to appear (FTA), particularly being your second FTA conviction, is a serious matter. Although I agree with the other attorneys that the imposition of jail time is not a strong probability, it is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney to represent you. If you cannot afford an attorney, I recommend that you speak to the public defender's office to see if you qualify. This is not the sort of charge for which you should represent yourself.
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Jail is possible with a criminal conviction; however, it not likely. You need to retain an attorney to evaluate the situation and consider the Court's history in similar situations and hopefully avoid a conviction.
I'm not your attorney and the answer above is fact dependent.