what happens if a person does not show up for a summons due to a child

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

A person’s failure to appear in court for any scheduled, promised or mandatory appearance is a violation of the law.  You can be held in contempt of court and a bench warrant may be issued for your immediate arrest, plus fines, license suspension and other penalties may be imposed.  Although some Florida courts and law enforcement agencies are overloaded, a failure to appear charge is not taken lightly.  A charge of failure to appear even includes a person who misses his or her jury summons.

If you did not appear for your scheduled court appearance, you need to contact the court immediately.  You really should have an attorney handle this matter for you.  He/she will be able to accompany you to court and help you avoid heavy penalties and fines.


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