Can a defendant be arrested for failure to appear in court for a misdemeanor charge if neither the defendant nor the bail bondsman was issued a court date for appearance?

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Can a defendant be arrested for failure to appear in court for a misdemeanor charge if neither the defendant nor the bail bondsman was issued a court date for appearance?

Asked on August 2, 2015 under Criminal Law, Georgia

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You would have been given notice of your court date.  This is also given to the prosecutor.  If you had representation, your lawyer would also know of the date.  Yes, you could be arrested for failure to appear if a bench warrant was issued for your arrest.
At this point, if you don't have counsel, you may wish to contact a criminal defense attorney and have your counsel check the status of any warrants and reach out to the prosecutor's office to discuss options.


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