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Failure to Appear for a Traffic Ticket

In Orange County, California, there are cops everywhere on the lookout for drivers who are speeding or showing signs of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. If you speed on the 5 or 405, or PCH, you may very well end up with a speeding ticket.

When the officer hands you a traffic ticket, he or she will ask you to sign your name. As you write your signature, you’re making a promise – you’re promising to appear in court by the date listed on the traffic ticket.

If you don’t show up in court by the “due date” indicated at the bottom of the ticket, you’re what the courts call “failing to appear,” and this is a serious offense in the court’s eyes. As a matter of fact, when a person fails to appear in court for a traffic offense, they could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t take their court dates seriously. They either forget all about their court date, or they make something else a priority, such as going to work or taking a trip that they had planned. Even if you had to work, or your brother was getting married, or you had non-refundable tickets to Hawaii, the courts will not accept these as valid excuses.

Consequences of Failing to Pay a Fine

If you fail to pay the fine for your traffic offense, or if you fail to follow a court order, such as perform community service before the deadline set by the court, you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense.

Additionally, when you fail to appear in court, or fail to pay a fine, or perform community service, you may be charged an extra fee (called a civil assessment), and your case may be sent to collections.

If you do not comply with the court’s requirements mentioned above, a warrant for your arrest may be issued, and your driver’s license can be suspended. You can try to run, but you can’t hide and an arrest warrant will catch up to you eventually, even if it’s years down the road.

If you were issued a traffic ticket, you can avoid additional fees, legal action, an arrest warrant and a license suspension by taking care of it before the date indicated at the bottom of your ticket, and we can help you with that.

Do you need to clear a warrant for your arrest? Was your ticket referred to a collection agency or the Franchise Tax Board? Whatever your traffic ticket situation, the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can help.

Contact our office or a free case evaluation and to learn what strategies we would use to help your case. Let us help you find a resolution today!