Me and my friends were charged with disorderly house in May of this year for a party we had. I showed up to the initial hearing with my friends, were told we would receive something in the mail if we needed to come back, and all of my friends received letters to come back and I did not. So obviously I didn't go, but now I can't renew my driver's license and the clerk at the court told me I need to come to Court ASAP because I just "didn't show up". I never received a summons though???
What this means is there's a warrant out there and for some reason notice of the hearing didn't get to you. You should hire a lawyer to check on the warrant status and then go with the lawyer and surrender yourself and take care of the case. Driving without a license is another criminal offense and you can also be charged with driving uninsured and driving unregistered. So this compounds the problems you are facing
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This is a fairly minor charge. The judge will give you an opportunity to explain why you didn't show up earlier. You should make sure that the court has your proper address. The judge may suggest that you talk to the District Attorney to try to resolve the case by agreement that day. The judge may also allow you to leave and just schedule another date. The judge may also assess a fee against you for the default. Finally the judge could hold you in custody as a risk to not return to court. Given the minor charge involved, it is unlikely that the judge will hold you in custody.
You should turn yourself into the court as soon as possible. I also advise that you retain an attorney for this matter.
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You most likely have a warrant out for your arrest. You really should talk to a lawyer. Look at reviews on this site and Google and hire one soon.
This seems like the type of case that can be resolved in one day.
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I agree with Attorney Pransky with the addition of two points. Bring documentation of your address at the time of the house party, and in the present. Especially if there was an apartment or room number that may have been missing, to explain your not receiving the summons. Check with your friends and find out what happened to their cases. Chances are you can get the same disposition if you know enough to ask for it: dismissal, fine, community service, AA meetings, etc.
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