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Common Questions And Answers About Failure To Appear Allegations

By not appearing in court when you are supposed to, you create an even bigger, more serious matter that can lead to additional consequences. If the criminal defense case against you requires a bond, you have given your word that you will show up to all future court dates. A bond is given by a judge when someone has been arrested or detained and is required to pay money or forfeit property as collateral for their appearance in court. If you fail to appear on the date listed on your bond, then it is considered a failure to appear, and the courts will revoke your bond.

On this page, we have answered common questions about failure to appear. For answers to your questions and case-specific guidance, we invite you to contact The Maddox Law Firm, to schedule an initial consultation. Call 203-298-3154.

What happens if I fail to appear in court?

If you are charged with failure to appear in Connecticut, you willfully failed to appear when legally called to court according to the terms of your bond. If you do not appear in court when you are supposed to, the court will interfere and issue a re-arrest warrant. You are now considered a fugitive.

What are the penalties for failure to appear?

Failure to appear in Connecticut in the first degree can result in up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 fine. Failure to appear in Connecticut in the second degree can result in up to 1 year in prison and $2,000 fine.

What if I live out of state?

Resolving your failure to appear warrant without being in court is possible. However, to successfully accomplish this, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

How do I avoid additional failure to appear charges and penalties?

It is of the utmost importance that your rights are always protected, regardless of your background and history. By hiring a reputable attorney, you have a greater chance of getting yourself out of trouble and avoiding future criminal defense charges.

Our attorneys recognize that sometimes things don’t go as planned. Some things are out of your control such as severe weather, sickness or even the death of a friend or a family member. Our team of attorneys will do everything they can to get you back on track if there’s a new development in your criminal defense case. We will work diligently to convince the court that good reasons exist to renounce the re-arrest.

Get The Skilled Defense You’ve Been Looking For – Reach Out To Our Firm Today

You have just taken the first step toward seeking positive results by researching a strong criminal defense team. It may seem overwhelming when you are looking at all the possible charges that can be brought against you. These charges vary tremendously, and with an experienced criminal defense law firm, you stand an excellent chance to have your charges dropped or reduced in severity.

Don’t leave your freedom in the hands of an inexperienced legal team. By partnering with The Maddox Law Firm, you will receive a vigorous defense and the attention your case deserves. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable defense attorneys contact us online or call 203-298-3154.


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