Failure to Appear

Failure to Appear
If you have ever received a traffic citation, you most likely signed the ticket without even thinking about it. While it may seem unimportant initially, your signature actually serves as a promise to appear in court on the date shown on the document. As a result, if you do not uphold your agreement, you can be charged with a serious offense known as failure to appear in court.

When you receive a traffic ticket, you typically have two options: pay the required citation fee and admit guilt for the offense, or argue your case before a judge in traffic court. Regardless of which option you select, you must resolve your citation by the date scheduled on it. In other words, if you decide to pay the fine, the court must receive it by that date.

So what happens if you simply don’t pay? Depending on the state, you can be charged with a misdemeanor crime, and a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest—meaning you will go to jail if you are pulled over by a police officer. Your license may also be suspended for several months or longer, and in addition to the original citation fee, you will also have to pay numerous penalties and late fees.

If you have ever failed to pay a traffic citation, your license may already be suspended—and you may not even know it! While most states will suspend your license immediately if you fail to appear in court or do not pay your ticket on time, it usually takes several months for them to notify you of the suspension. As a result, by the time you find out your license is suspended, you may owe thousands of dollars in late fees, and a bench warrant may already have been issued for your arrest. 

If you are facing failure to appear charges, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney before your day in court. In addition to losing your license, you may be charged numerous fees and penalties, and in some cases, may even face jail time. Future job, educational, and housing opportunities may also be impacted, as bench warrants show up on your criminal record permanently, and can be seen by anyone who checks your background. Don’t let one mistake impact your future. Contact an attorney in your area to today to discuss your case.

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