What happens if I miss a court date?

Posted by Aaron D. Lawrence | Apr 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you miss a court date after receiving summons to appear on criminal charges, your failure to appear will likely result in the judge issuing a bench warrant. A bench warrant is a written order issued by the court authorizing your arrest. The issuance of a bench warrant may result in the revocation of your bond, and you may be required to post additional bail or be held without bond pending a resolution in your case. The bench warrant is public record. Not only will law enforcement agencies have access to this information, but employers, landlords, financial institutions, and anyone else with access to public records may be able to find this warrant when conducting a background check. For these reasons, it it crucial that you get the bench warrant lifted as soon as possible. 

If a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, you should call an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be familiar with local rules, procedures, judges, and prosecutors and can help you navigate the process of getting the bench warrant recalled. 

Contact The Lawrence Law Firm at 318-232-4000 to schedule a free consultation and secure representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney. 

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About the Author

Aaron D. Lawrence

Aaron is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorney in Ruston, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He received his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Tex...


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