January 11, 2018
by Connie Allbritton
What to do when you miss your court date.
When you have a court date you are required to be there. You need to do everything in your power to make it. There are very few excuses that the Judge hasn’t heard over and over again. Since your freedom can depend on it you should make it a priority. That being said sometimes things happen. If you miss your court date the Judge will issue a warrant for your arrest.
You should contact your attorney and bondsman right away. They will know what needs to be done to get you back in good standing with the court. The process of getting the warrant recalled and getting a new court date will depend on where you missed court. Every court is different and has their own procedure for dealing with it.
The worst thing you can do is ignore it or put it off. In most cases we can work with you and get you a new court date. If you ignore it we may not want to work with you and bond jumping is a felony so that can add a new charge and a new problem.
To many times we have clients who are arrested before they get it taken care of because they were either afraid of going to jail or they were waiting until it was more convenient for them. If you get arrested there is a good chance that your bond will be raised and it will cost you more. The bondsman, your attorney and the Judge will be less likely to want to help you because you didn’t help yourself.
In Cleveland County we frequently accompany our clients to court and agree to remain on the bond. In Oklahoma County there is a form we sign and your attorney can take it to the Judge to get the bond reinstated. Call us and we will help you because that is our job.