If you have a criminal complaint entered against you and you don't show up, the court will issue a default warrant against you for your failure to appear to answer the summons. That means the next time you interact with the police for any reason, the warrant will show and you will be arrested. It's highly unlikely they will come to your house to arrest you, but it's possible. The only way to address this is to show up at court on the day you must show up.
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As Attorney Owens stated, if you do not show up a warrant will issue for your arrest. There is no way to predict if or when the police will arrest you. However, even if they don't find you, there are other consequences. You will not be able to renew your drivers license if you have a warrant. If you receive any state benefits, you may find you have problems with those if you have a warrant.
The warrant will sit on the books until you appear in court to clear it. If the police bring you to court, the prosecutor is more likely to ask for a bail.
Your best bet is to find an experienced criminal defense attorney in the area of the court. That attorney may be able to resolve the matter with a minimum of appearances by you.
You will have a default warrant issued for your arrest if you do not appear. Then the court can keep you in custody until your next scheduled appearance.
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