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What Happens If I Miss My DUI Court Date?

Monday / April 25, 2016

So, you’ve been arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Arizona. That alone can be a stressful, anxiety inducing experience, but then you realize there’s a whole process that you have to go through beyond the actual DUI arrest and initial charge.


Arraignment Hearing for Your Arizona DUI Charge


Typically, the first court appearance you’ll have to go to as a DUI defendant is called an “arraignment hearing.” This is where you are formally charged with DUI and any other charges that may have come out of that arrest. Most of the time, the arraignment hearing happens somewhat soon after your arrest, but in other cases, it can be weeks or even months before the hearing.



Failure to Appear Charges


Whatever the date and time you’ve been assigned, if you don’t show up, you’ll almost always face a FTA or “failure to appear” charge. An FTA charge almost always leads to a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. Unless you are facing more serious charges or have a previous outstanding warrant, the police probably won’t be out trying to track you down. However, any kind of warrant is a serious matter and even if you aren’t intentionally avoiding the issue, it could result in much harsher penalties, more time in jail and even a suspension of your driver’s license. Not only that, but warrants are public record so anybody can look you up online and find that warrant attached to your name.



Arizona DUI Defense Attorney Kyle T. Green


There are a variety of valid reasons or unique circumstances that can cause somebody to miss a scheduled court appearance. Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand that it’s not too late to seek guidance, and the best thing you can do is to act quickly to avoid the worst in situations like these.


I am a former prosecutor who founded my criminal defense practice because I believed there was a better way to represent those facing criminal charges.  I am a trustworthy and reliable advocate for those accused of any crime. I have represented a number of Arizona DUI clients and know how to respond quickly and resourcefully to any DUI and/or FTA charge and can help you get your court date rescheduled and attempt to have the bench warrant redacted.  My job is to know the Arizona court systems inside and out. Let my experience on both sides of the court room work for you and your case.


If you have been arrested for DUI and have a court date scheduled for which you are required to appear, don’t risk further damage to your record and the negative ramifications that go with a Failure to Appear charge. If you do find yourself with a missed court date and an FTA charge, remember that you have a qualified attorney who has your back. Call me today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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