When you commit a traffic offense, you will have to appear in a traffic
court where your case will be heard and after following the court procedure,
a ruling will be given. You will have to attend all court proceedings
concerning your traffic offense unless you hire an attorney to appear
for you, but what happens when you fail to appear in court?
Failure to Appear
When a person does not show up for a court date, the judge will issue a
warrant for your arrest, commonly referred to as a Failure to Appear or
an FTA Bench Warrant. Failing to appear in court is a criminal offense,
and based on circumstances, may result in the issuance of additional fines,
fees, and bench warrants. During a normal traffic stop, if a police officer
or another law enforcement officer, runs your information through the
system and sees that you have been issued with an FTA bench warrant, you
will be arrested. You may not be granted bail, and you may even be jailed
until your court date.
Additionally, your license may be suspended until the close of the case,
resulting in an extra expense as you will be required to pay a fee to
reinstate your license. The FTA charge in Lamont, CA will remain on your
record until you serve the warrant.
Traffic Court in Lamont, California (CA)
Located 100 miles north of Los Angeles in southern Kern County, CA, the
Lamont Court hears all the traffic and criminal cases for the southern
county that originate on Interstate 5.
Using a defense that you thought you would be notified by mail, will not
fly in Lamont Court. There are very few legal reasons or defenses for
failure to appear and those are, deportation, incarceration, or hospitalization.
When you signed your traffic ticket, you entered into a legal contract
with the state of California that you would appear in court on the date
specified on the ticket. A failure to appear in Lamont Court when ordered
to do so is a serious offense that will stay on your record until you
clear it up by appearing in court.
Driving With a Suspended License
Upon your FTA in court on the date required, the judge will likely suspend
your driving privileges. Under the California Vehicle Code (CVC) 14601,
driving on a suspended license is a criminal misdemeanor. The exact penalty
for driving on a suspended license will depend on the reason why your
driving license was revoked in the first place, although the possible
punishment for this offense includes substantial fines and a county jail
sentence. Although stating that you did not know your license was suspended,
the state will provide evidence that you should have known.
Traffic Defense Attorneys, Bigger & Harman, APC
It is your obligation to appear in court when you have committed a traffic
offense or hire a traffic defense lawyer to appear for you. If you are
issued with the FTA warrant for a failure to appear, seek legal representation
to assist you through the court procedures. We can quickly and competently
move to get the warrant lifted and the hold on your license released.
Many other lawyers deal with a variety of law cases and workloads, we exclusively
represent clients in traffic court. At Bigger & Harman, we work hard
for our clients in courtrooms in several counties across southern California,
such as Kern, LA, Riverside, Kings, San Bernardino, or Tulare, to name
just a few. We are familiar with the court clerks, the judges, and many
of the police officers. This is our business, these are people we meet
on a near daily basis, therefore when a question comes up, we normally
can work with the police officer before court to get a reduced charge
or dismissal. Your Failure to Appear decision could be very expensive
and inconvenient; never just take it upon yourself to fail to appear in
court. Call us today, 661-349-9300. Or, send us an email:
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