If you’ve been accused of committing a crime, you’ll be obligated to attend court at a predetermined time and date. If it’s not a traffic offense, more than one court appearance is scheduled , all of which you are legally required to attend. If you don’t appear when you are due to, your circumstances may deteriorate further. Here’s what you should do if you’ve missed your court date.
If you fail to appear in court for your criminal case, you may be indicted with a new crime specifically for missing your hearing. While usually a misdemeanor, if the crimes you were supposed to appear for were felonies, your failing to appear may also be charged as a felony. If you are convicted, this might have far-reaching and life-altering implications.
You should inform the court if you have extenuating circumstances that prevented your appearing in court on time. You may potentially be excused from failing to attend your hearing if you can show that you had a good reason to have missed the appearance.
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At Segura & Kiatta Criminal Defense, we know how frightening it can be to not only face criminal charges to begin with, but then to also have additional charges levied against you for missing a court date. We are dedicated to providing each of our clients with an aggressive defense aimed at receiving the most favorable verdict possible.
To learn more about how a Texas criminal defense attorney can help you handle criminal charges and the additional penalties of failure to appear, contact us today. We’re available to answer your questions and start putting together a strong defense right away. Call our office now at 281.570.6400.