When you miss your court date, the first thing that can happen is the Judge may issue an order for your arrest. If that happens, unless the order for arrest gets stricken, you will be arrested shortly thereafter and will be required to post a significant bond that will likely ensure that you do not miss any further court appearances. Then, your driving record will be marked as having failed to appear for the charge and your license and driving privileges will be suspended indefinitely until the case is over. This means that even if the case is added back onto an active court docket, your privileges will remain suspended the entire time until the case is finished. A significant failure to appear fee will also attach to the case and will need to be paid in addition to any court costs or fines. An attorney can often get the order for arrest, if there is one, rescinded and depending on the county, can also either get the actual failure to appear removed from the record or at least can get the court to strike the late fee.

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