When you receive a citation to appear in court for a traffic ticket and then the date comes and you don’t show up for court, the Judge will issue and bench warrant for your arrest. In this situation, you have turned a potential fine and penalties of the Department of Motor Vehicles into potential loss of freedom and misdemeanor conviction on your permanent record. Call a Riverside Criminal Attorney to help.
There are civil assessments that are also added to the penalties which could be more than the actual fine for the citation. In addition, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to best navigate through the legal process.
There are several elements that the prosecution will need to prove for this particular crime;
- You received a citation;
- In connection with that citation, you signed a written promise to appear in court or received a lawfully granted continuance of your promise to appear; and
- You willfully failed to appear in court. Someone commits an act willfully when he or she does it willingly or on purpose. It is not required that he or she intend to break the law, hurt someone else, or gain any advantage.
Contact Wallin & Klarich Right Away
If you or a loved one has been accused of failing to appear in court, do not delay and contact the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. Our skilled attorneys have been successfully representing our clients accused of failing to appear in court for over 30 years. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich will work with you to develop a strategy for your defense that will result in the best possible outcome in your case.
With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney near you no matter where you work or live.
Call us today at (888) 280-6839 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.