If I miss my court date that has already been continued once and they issue a warrant, what happens next?

Can I have an attorney set up a new court date? What will happen to my case? I was charged with race on a highway/exhibition of speed.

Asked on September 17, 2012 under Criminal Law, Nebraska

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

What will happen will depend a great deal on the judge who is handling your case.  If you and your attorney get to the court as soon as possible and explain that you were not trying to dodge court, then many judges will simply reset your case without any penalities.  If you delay in letting the court know it was an accident, then some judges will issue a warrant for your arrest and require you to post a higher bond.  Your attorney probably has a feel for how your judge handles these situations.  Most judges will work with attorneys, but will still want to see the defendant in person... so be prepared to go appear with your attorney to fix the situation.


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