If my friend was in jail in another county and missed a court date but she notified the court of her whereabouts, can she still be charged with failure to appear?

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If my friend was in jail in another county and missed a court date but she notified the court of her whereabouts, can she still be charged with failure to appear?

Asked on August 12, 2012 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the failure to appear at a court appearance in a criminal matter where one is required to attend can result in the issuance of a bench warrant no matter how good the excuse is for failing to appear. However, given the fact that your friend was jailed and could not make the appearance would make a very good excuse for the recall of any issued bench warrant due to the failure to appear.


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