Failure to Appear in Court while on Bail: Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney to Fight your South Florida Charge

Handcuffs and a gavel sit on a black book on a wood table in a Fort Lauderdale Criminal court houseFacing a Failure to Appear in Court while on Bail charge in Florida can be overwhelming and scary - court dates can feel confusing at times and you might not have any idea that you could get a new criminal charge from missing a Florida court date.


Rossen Law Firm is dedicated to providing premiere representation to protect your rights and your reputation.


What is a Failure to Appear in Court while on Bail Crime in Florida?

When a defendant is released from jail custody in connection to a criminal charge according to Florida’s bail laws, and the offender willfully fails to appear to a court date, the crime of Failure to Appear is committed.

[FLA. STAT. § 903.046 (2019)]



Failing to appear for a court date can be a misdemeanor or a felony crime in Florida depending on the initial crime you were charged with.


When released from jail on a misdemeanor charge, failing to appear in court is a first-degree misdemeanor. This is punishable by a maximum of 1 year in jail, 1 year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.


Failing to appear in court on a felony charge is considered a third-degree felony, with penalties of up to 5 years of prison, 5 years of probation, and a $5,000 fine



If you’re facing a Failure to Appear charge - you’ve come to the right place. Rossen Law Firm has a wide range of experience providing a compassionate and individualized approach to Failure to Appear charges.


While these situations may feel hopeless, many others have been where you are, and Adam and his team has helped them come out the other side successfully.


Give our office a call if you’re facing Failure to Appear charges. We’ll listen to your story, discuss the best action plan, and see what resources may help you. We understand that we’re defending your freedom, criminal record and future.


Failure to Appear in Court while on Bail Defenses in Florida

  • Beyond your control: If circumstances beyond your control kept you from appearing in court such as serious illness, an accident, or a natural disaster, this may be a defense to a charge of failure to appear.
  • Change of Address or not receiving notice to appear is NOT a defense: If the proper procedure is notice by mail, the court is only required to mail notice to your address in the court records or to your attorney. If you are not represented by an attorney, such as in a traffic case, it is your responsibility to keep the court informed of your address. If your address changes and you do not receive notice because you did not inform the court of your new address, this will not excuse your failure to appear in court in Florida.

Free Failure to Appear in Court while on Bail Criminal Defense Strategy Session in South Florida

We’ve successfully handled a variety of Failure to Appear charges and cases and are confident in our ability to best represent you.


Rossen Law Firms even offers a FREE strategy session so you know how we’ll plan to get the best possible result for you and your case.  


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