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What Happens If I Don't Attend a Scheduled Court Appearance?

You can be required to show up in court for any number of reasons - jury duty, a traffic ticket, or other criminal offenses. Whatever the reason for your scheduled appearance, you are expected to be there at the specified date and time. If you're not, it is only right to assume that consequences are likely to follow.

The nature of the consequences, however, depends on the reason for your court appearance and your criminal record. Missing jury duty and failing to show up when you've been convicted of a felony can differ in their severity. Understanding the implications is helpful for protecting your future.

What are the consequences for missing a court date?

Failure to appear can be classified as a either a misdemeanor or a felony. In some circumstances, you may even be charged for contempt of court, which is exceedingly more serious. Judges are often less than accommodating with individuals who miss court dates, simply because they are so important. If you don't show up, there is a good chance you will face the consequences.

Missing a DUI bench trial or a DUI jury trial is considered failure to appear for a criminal hearing. This can lead to a warrant being issued for your arrest and increased penalties, even if you don't have any convictions on your record.

Generally, penalties can include fines, imprisonment, and the loss of your license. Many offenders may face the consequences for years and have a difficult time with future employers or financial institutions. It is always better to simply attend your court hearing and avoid the negative ramifications.

At Martin & Kent, L.L.C, we understand how frightening it can be when you're charged with a criminal offense, especially one that involves the court. A proactive and aggressive approach is key to combatting the penalties you may face. Our firm is prepared to work tirelessly on your behalf, utilizing over 40 years of combined experience.

Don't waste another day when there is so much on the line. Call our firm today to speak with a skilled DuPage County criminal defense lawyer.

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