What do I do if I am on probation and I failed to appear at a citation pre-trial unrelated to my case?

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What do I do if I am on probation and I failed to appear at a citation pre-trial unrelated to my case?

The court appearance was for a municipal citation I was planning to defend. I already went to jail for 10 days for getting the violation and I failed to appear at my pre-trial hearing. My wife is getting ready to go in for back surgery and we were at the hospital and doctor last week and completely forgot about the pre-trial appearance. I went online and I can pay the fine for the “failure to appear” charge, but I cannot pay my citation fine and i have to plead guilty. This happened 3 days ago. Should I go in and talk to the judge or just plead guilty and pay the fine

Asked on June 3, 2012 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Really no one can tell you what you should or should not do without looking at the entire case including what you have been charged with and what the law is and what the long term ramifications can be.  I would strongly suggest that you seek consultation from ana ttorney in your area asap.  You really do not need this hanging over your head and I can understand that given the circumstances you want to just have it over with.  But you need to make sure that paying the fines will not give you grief down the road.  Good luck.


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