See If You Qualify for a Free Consultation

Get In Touch
850-423-0035850-423-0035

Blog

Gainesville Attorney: Explaining Failure To Appear

Whenever you are arrested, you are either held until you go to trial or are bonded out to await that trial. In some cases you can just pay the bond amount, or a portion of it, yourself and be released on your own recognizance or have a bondsman post your bond for you. In any event, the bond is your promise to appear at your next hearing. When you fail to appear for that hearing, you not only break your word, you forfeit your right to your bond money (no matter what the source of the money was) and you commit a further crime.

Consult a Gainesville defense attorney, if you are being accused of failure to appear, whether you did so on purpose or it was an accidental oversight on your part. Maybe you wrote the date wrong on your calendar or you were in the hospital on that date; you will still be charged with failing to appear and must explain the reason in addition to answering to the original charges. The more serious that charge is, the more important it will be to show up for all scheduled appearances on time and be represented by a Gainesville criminal defense attorney.

If you are being charged with failure to appear it can technically be included as an obstruction of justice charge with the penalties determined by the seriousness of the original charge as well as other factors. If you called in the following day to explain why you were not in court for instance, you may not be as penalized as you would be if a month goes by and you are charged with a new and unrelated charge.

A failure to appear charge can quickly go from being a simple, finable charge to a major crime that will involve jail time if you do not take care of matters as quickly as possible. Do not compound matters by not appearing at your court hearings. Your criminal defense attorney will explain what to expect from your hearing and what can happen if you do not show up.


You Might Also Like

Image for Departure Sentences post

Departure Sentences

Reductions in Charge and Substitutions of Charge As mentioned in the Diversion section,, the Florida State Attorney's Office is politically…

Quote Left

“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

Jason

Quote Right

Request To Speak With An Attorney

 
Quote Image

“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

Jason

Quote Image

Request To Speak With An Attorney