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What Happens if I Miss a Court Date in Florida?

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What Happens if I Miss a Court Date in Florida?

Missing a court date in Florida is a serious matter and can have significant consequences. 

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Bench Warrant: The judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This authorizes law enforcement to arrest you at any time, even for minor traffic violations.
  • Failure to Appear Charge: You may be charged with a new crime for failing to appear in court. This is typically a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine [Florida Statute § 843.15].
  • Default Judgment (Civil Cases):  In civil cases (lawsuits between individuals or businesses), missing a court date could lead to a default judgment being entered against you. This means the other party automatically wins the case.

Taking Action After Missing a Court Date:

  • Contact the Court Immediately: Don’t wait! Call the court clerk’s office where you missed the hearing as soon as possible. Explain why you missed the court date and inquire about the next steps.
  • Show Cause Hearing:  The court might grant you a show cause hearing. This is your chance to explain why you missed the original date and potentially reschedule your court appearance.
  • Consult an Attorney:  An attorney can advise you on your legal options and represent you in court. They can help navigate the situation and potentially seek a more favorable outcome.

Important to Remember:

  • Take Court Dates Seriously: Missing a court date can be a big mistake. Always attend your court dates or contact the court beforehand if unable to appear.
  • Act Quickly: The sooner you address a missed court date, the better. Don’t ignore the issue or hope it goes away.

Florida Statute Reference:

Florida Statute § 843.15 addresses failure to appear after summons or subpoena.

What Happens if I Miss a Court Date in Florida?
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