Unfortunately, it is simply human nature to forget things at times, but forgetting a court appearance can have major consequences. Most importantly, if someone misses a misdemeanor criminal court appearance, generally a warrant will be issued for their arrest. They will ultimately likely be arrested, held in custody and only released after they bond out or appear before a judge.
Even worse, if someone misses a felony court appearance, they will likely be charged with Failure to Appear, which is a third degree felony in Florida and carries a maximum of five (5) years in prison. Many jurisdictions, including Polk and Pinellas counties, charge these regularly. As we have told countless individuals, these are the types of charges that ultimate result in people scoring state prison on their Criminal Scoresheets, when they previously would not have.
Additionally, if you posted a cash bond, you will lose the bond money given to the Court. It could also affect your future ability to get bondsmen to post bonds for you, if you have a well-documented history of failing to appear.
In the future, presiding judges will likely increase bond amounts in light of the previous failures to appear at court appearances.
If you have missed a court date, contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers of Blumenauer Hackworth for a free case consultation to discuss your options. We can consider filing a motion to withdraw the capias to attempt to have the warrant withdrawn and prevent your arrest. Additionally, we can discuss attempting to resolve the underlying charge as well. We look forward to hearing from you for a free consultation.