It is likely that the court will issue a warrant for your arrest. The issuance of the summons is merely a way for you to be served. If you don't heed the court's order to appear (the summons) the court needs to find another way to get you pay attention and come to court....a warrant. Before getting served, you should consult an attorney to go over the case and all your options.
Please understand, without forming an attorney/client relationship this office is not providing legal advice. We are simply providing general information which should not be acted upon without careful consideration and the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Failure to respond to a summons will usually result in a warrant for your arrest. Get a lawyer to intercede and try to prevent this from happening.
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IF you do not respond or show up to court it is very likely you will get a warrant issued.
Your best course of action contact a local attorney, either by email or phone, who will protect you and your rights.
The best way to do this is by clicking on the find a lawyer tab on AVVO. Then find one that will offer a free consultation. This benefits you in two way, first and foremost you need to find an attorney who fits well with you and secondly to make sure that they are skilled enough to take on your case. The best case scenario is that you get your questions answered and you get a powerful attorney to help you if you need one.
No one can guarantee what the state will ask in the future, or what the court would do, if asked. Usually, when a person fails to appear, the state asks for a bench warrant, and the court issues one.
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