If I’m out on bail for a felony theft charge and have my first court appearance in a few days, what will happen in court and will I be able to leave right after the proceedings?

Asked on November 18, 2014 under Criminal Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The first court appearance is usually to make sure that you have been arraigned (i.e. told what you are being charged with) and to see if you want to hire an attorney.  The first couple of settings in a criminal case are usually "status" type settings of this nature.  If you have already posted bail, then you will be free to leave as long as you show for the hearing.  The exception is if you have other warrants or charges.  For example, if a municipal court issues a "failure to appear" warrant because you did not take care of a traffic ticket, then you will be detained when you go to court-- but not on the felony theft charge.  Instead, the new arrest will be related to the new charge or issues that arise.

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