Are you disorganized? Missing the odd job interview or even a date means little more than a lost opportunity. However, missing a court date could land you in a messier situation than you had hoped.
Missing a court date will result in an immediate warrant for your arrest and it won’t necessarily be the police that come after you but bail bondsmen who will track you down for the courts by any reasonable means including potentially involving friends and family who may know your whereabouts.
So what can you do to avoid trouble and what happens if you don’t?
- First and foremost, show up.
Attending your court appearances shows that you are taking your misdemeanor and any accompanying penalty seriously, especially if your sentence includes drug or alcohol rehabilitation or community service. You are also showing respect to whoever has had enough faith in you to post bail or obtain a bail bond.
- If you miss your court date, be prepared to be hauled back to jail and quickly.
Not only will law enforcement services be looking for you but the bond agent looking to protect their investment. Don’t think it’s easy either to obtain another bond to keep you out of jail. The judge is more likely to have you remanded in custody.
- Your rap sheet just gone one heck of a lot bigger.
Not only can you enjoy the addition of an evading capture charge but if you’re caught committing a crime after skipping a court date, you’re looking at a higher chance of a maximum sentence and almost zero chance of making bail.
The best thing to do is to make this the time that you get your life together and make efforts to stay out of trouble once and for all.