There are dozens of reasons a person could miss a court appearance. It is easy for a person to not fully understand when or where they are supposed to be – especially when they do not hire a criminal defense attorney. Failing to show up at a court appearance can result in new charges and additional penalties. The good news is that there are options. Contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 to get a free legal consultation and find out how we can help you.
Defense Option 1: You Did Not Appear in Court Due to Factors Beyond Your Control
It may be that you took every reasonable step to try and get to the court date but factors beyond your control did not allow you to do so. This would include issues like being stuck in a broken down bus, having a car accident on the way to the courthouse, or some other issue that you could not have neither foreseen nor prevented.
Defense Option 2: You Did Not Have Intent to Evade the Process
In order for the prosecution to get a conviction, they need to prove more than the fact that you were not at your court appearance – they need to prove that you had the intent to evade the process of the court. If you went to the wrong courthouse, or another issues came up that did not involve you purposely missing court with the intent to evade the process, then we can use this in your defense.
Defense Option 3: There Was a Deficient Element of Your Release Agreement
If you were released on your own recognizance, and there was an error or issue with the release agreement, then you may not have had the legal requirement to show up in court in the first place. We will carefully comb this document to find out what it can tell us.
You Could Be Charged with a Misdemeanor for a Required Traffic Court Appearance
Many people do not realize that if they get a traffic ticket and are required to show up in traffic court, they could face misdemeanor charges I they do not show up. We can help with this too. It is important to have an attorney because the potential consequences for this crime include having your driver’s license revoked.
Curious About Your Options? Call Now for a Free Legal Consultation
If you are not sure what your best option is to move forward then we urge you to contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 to get the answers. We are happy to provide a free initial consultation that will give you an idea of your options. Call now and let us get started working for you.