Published: June 11, 2015

Warrant Recalls and Failure to Appear: Four Facts You Should Know

Failure to Appear in court is a serious charge, and a warrant might be issued if you fail to appear. Below are four facts you should know about warrant recalls and failure to appear law in California.

First, what is Failure to Appear? It means that you have not appeared in court to address a matter. These issues could be, for example, traffic tickets that you haven't paid, or an unpaid traffic ticket that you are disputing, but did not appear in court to resolve, or failure to complete the requirements of a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. This list is not comprehensive; there are many other circumstances that can result in a Failure to Appear. Failure to Appear is itself a type of crime, a misdemeanor. It can also result in the suspension of your driver’s license.

Second, a warrant is issued if you have failed to appear. That means the police receive an order to find you and bring you to court.

Third, it is not too late to fix the issues that caused a court date to be set. An attorney can go to court for you, and make sure your side of the story is heard. An attorney can also demonstrate that you have intent to deal with the traffic violation issue, so that will call off any further warrants.

Fourth, an attorney helping you with a Failure to Appear can work to recall any outstanding warrants or release you from an arrest, and release the hold on a driver’s license. They can also form an action plan for minimizing fines and points on your Department of Motor Vehicles record, which affects your driver’s license status and your car insurance rates.

Please contact us if you have a Failure to Appear or outstanding warrants. We fight vigorously for your rights.