Failure to Appear in Court

Orlando Attorney

Failing to appear in court for any scheduled appearance is not only a serious violation of the law, but it can also lead to a bench warrant issued for your immediate arrest. It can also involve costly fines and driver’s licenses suspension. Failure to appear is a major crime and is often pursued aggressively by law enforcement, regardless of how full its dockets may be.

If you are facing penalties for not showing up for a scheduled court appearance, don’t waste any time in securing legal representation. The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined criminal defense experience and are dedicated to representing the people of the Greater Central Florida area. With experience as prosecutors on the state and local level, we have key insight as to how the opposition approaches cases and can use that to your advantage.

What Will Happen After a Failure to Appear in Court?

A judge will put out a warrant for your arrest for failure to appear. You may wonder “Can I still fight the charge, even if I missed court?” Yes, you can, but it can make it harder. For instance, let’s say you get picked up for a warrant for failing to appear, but you’re sitting there for a little bit, and then the state makes you an offer of probation. So, you’re looking at a decision: “Do I take a charge, which I may not be guilty to because I know it will get me out right away or do I sit in jail and fight it?”

That’s a tough call to make and it depends on the facts of the case and your willingness to sit in jail. However, it always makes your attorney’s job harder when you miss court. This is because the State now has leverage on you that they didn’t have before. You significantly lessen your bargaining power when you miss a court date, now often resulting in a warrant for your arrest. This may introduce you to the stressful situation of having to look over your back until you get it taken care of.

In such instances, if you didn’t have a lawyer before, you’d need one now. Your lawyer could file a motion to quash the warrant or have it set aside. In some cases, you can get that taken care of before having to turn yourself in, but some judges will require you to turn yourself in first before you can even address your case.

How to Avoid Penalties for Failing to Appear

Due to the negative impact missing court could have on your case, it is essential that you do your due diligence to attend all required court dates. If schedule conflicts or other factors are interfering with your ability to appear in court, share such information with your legal representation. Your lawyer can make you aware of your options including excusing you from the initial court dates.

The only way for you to become aware of your legal options when dealing with a court case is by having an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney with The Umansky Law Firm by your side. We can provide defense for failing to appear for:

  • A civil or criminal case
  • A promise to return following a release from custody
  • Traffic violation or citation
  • Showing completion of court-ordered community service
  • Jury summons for jury duty

Orlando Failure to Appear in Court Lawyers

Do not wait for the police to find you. We have experience defending cases involving failure to appear. At The Umansky Law Firm, we stand by your side throughout the entire process, starting with the initial appearance in court following the bench warrant.

Taking action on your own and admitting the mistake could also minimize the consequences you face. While securing the services of a knowledgeable attorney can also help you avoid a possibly hefty bail and remove your “flight risk” status. If that wasn’t enough, appearing before an arrest allows us to negotiate the terms of your release and the possible dismissal of the bench warrant.

Do You Need a Second Chance? Contact Us Day or Night.

If you are charged with failure to appear, call our Orlando criminal defense attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation. Our attorneys have helped over a thousand clients and are prepared to hear your case out. With involvement in hundreds of Florida courtroom cases, the Umansky Law Firm will ensure you are in good hands. You can contact us through our website or call (407) 228-3838.

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