Failure to appear in court or ‘Nonappearance’ is when a person is required to appear in court, but fail to do so. Appearance in court is usually required with cases such as a speeding ticket, or f you are being charged with a crime. Also, you may receive a summons, which means that the person summoned must appear in court to defend their case. Failure to appear in courty may have legal consequences. If you have missed a court appearance due to extenuating circumstances and are looking for an Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer, contact Atkins and Markoff today for a review of your case.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE OF FAILURE TO APPEAR CHARGES IN OKLAHOMA
Failure to appear in court can be considered a crime, separate from the matter the person is being summoned for. In most cases, nonappearance will result in a misdemeanor charge. However, the misdemeanor may become further complicated if the judge issues a bench warrant for the person’s arrest.
Consequences of failing to appear in court are:
The judge may issue a “bench warrant” for failing to appear. This means if you ever get stopped by the police, they may run a check on your ID and you may be arrested.
Default judgment for the other party – which means the opposing party will win the case without even hearing your arguments.
Denial of bail
Revoking of “release on recognizance” privileges (when a person is let out of jail without having to pay money on the agreement that they will appear at all hearings.)
You may be required to pay fines; the court can freeze your assets or seize your property if you are unable to pay
You may have your license revoked while the case s ongoing.
Being held in contempt of court
Failure to appear for preliminary hearings
Failure to appear while a case is ongoing
Failure to appear for purpose of paying a fine
Failure to appear to receive sentencing after completion of a trial
OKLAHOMA CITY MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
If you have any further question regarding nonappearance, or if you have any need for an experiended Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney, contact the law firm of Atkins & Markoff today.