Defendants who have missed a Court date are often scared to death about what is going to happen. Depending upon the nature of the underlying charge, a Failure To Appear or an Order For Arrest has been issued. It will typically take a few days for an order for arrest to be process and served. It is important to act quickly to attempt to get the order stricken. In most cases, my firm is successful in getting orders for arrest stricken. There are several factors that come into play, namely the type of charge, why the Defendant missed Court and whether or not the defendant has missed Court before. If a Failure To Appear (FTA) has been issued, as is most often the case in traffic Court cases, you will be receiving a letter in the mail from the DMV stating that your license is due to be suspended. A FTA carries a fine of S200 and the case must still be resolved. In most cases, my firm is successful in having this fee stricken. There are several factors that come into play, namely the type of charge, why the Defendant missed Court and whether or not the defendant has missed Court before.
Seek Counsel Immediately
If an Order For Arrest or Failure To Appear has been issued in your name, you should seek counsel immediately. It may be possible to have such Orders stricken and prevent you from having to be arrested and processed through the jail system. Depending upon when the order is served and the conditions of bond, a Defendant may find themselves having to sit in jail for a significant period of time over an issue that could have been corrected with timely assistance of counsel.
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