Taking steps to minimize the damage

Have you ever missed a court date? If so, you’re not alone: Thousands of Americans miss their court dates every year, creating potentially serious legal issues that can be difficult to correct without the proper support. If you’ve missed a court date in the recent past, you can take steps to mitigate the damage and get your case back on track.

Immediate Consequences of Missing a Court Date

Unlike most other obligations, you’re not responsible for scheduling your own court dates. This is done by the employees of the legal jurisdiction in which you’re scheduled to appear. In most cases, you’re not given a say in when or under what circumstances you must appear. You simply have to show up and follow the protocols in place.

If you miss a criminal court date, the judge who oversees the case will likely issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This means that you can be arrested for failing to appear by any member of law enforcement. It’s critical to have the assistance of an attorney in this situation.

What About Missing a Court-Ordered Appearance Outside of a Criminal Proceeding?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s also illegal to miss a non-criminal court appearance, including jury duty. For civil proceedings, if you are the Plaintiff in a case, it’s likely your case will likely be dismissed. If you are the Defendant you may be subject to a default judgment or other penalties. If you miss a jury duty appearance or fail to appear for a scheduled civil proceeding, you should immediately contact an attorney to evaluate your options.

Whether you’ve recently missed a court date or have never even had to appear before a judge, it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities before the law. At Garrison Law Firm, we take pride in providing aggressive, attentive representation to each and every one of our clients. To learn more about how we can help you seek the justice you deserve and achieve the best possible outcome for your situation, fill out our online contact form or call us today.