Failure to Appear in Court

Failure to appear in court can result in criminal charges, increased financial penalties and potential warrants being issued for your arrest. If you or a loved one failed to appear for their court date, it’s important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Watch this video by dedicated Long Island criminal defense lawyer Michaelangelo Matera to learn more about what you should do if you have failed to appear in court in New York.


Failure to appear in court is a huge mistake. What typically can happen is that a judge can ask your attorney where you are, and if we are unable to provide a sufficient explanation, then the judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. A warrant for your arrest means that your name is going to go in a list that’s given to members of law enforcement, and at any point in time, they can show up at your home to arrest you. They can show up at your job to arrest you.

If you get pulled over for a minor traffic violation and they see a warrant, they can also bring you into custody. Once you get brought back to court on a warrant, the chances of the judge setting some kind of bail, or more restrictive measures is greatly increased.

When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success and positive results against criminal charges.

Failure to appear in court is a serious offense that can lead to harsh penalties if not rectified right away. If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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