17th Feb 2014
What Will Happen if I Miss My Traffic Ticket Court Date?
In this day and age, many people have very busy lives. Getting a traffic ticket is an inconvenience. It is very easy to forget your traffic ticket. Unfortunately, missing a court date for a traffic ticket can have serious consequences.
Driver’s License Suspension
Missing a court date for a traffic ticket can result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Most jurisdictions, including the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Dekalb County Recorder’s Court, and Gwinnett County Recorder’s court, will suspend your driver’s license for failure to show up at an assigned court date. You are not required to receive any notice that your license will be suspended and you may be driving, unknowingly, on a suspended license.
You can also be arrested for missing a court date on a traffic ticket. When a defendant (which is what you are when you receive a traffic ticket) fails to appear at a court date, the court will issue a bench warrant. A bench warrant not only gives a police officer permission to arrest you, but requires him or her to do so. If you are pulled over and there is an active bench warrant for your arrest because of a failure to appear, the officer must arrest you.
Finally, missing a court date can lead to increased fines. Many courts charge a “failure to appear fee.” This fee can vary in each court and can sometimes be several hundred dollars. This failure to appear fee is in addition to any fines that may be assessed due to your traffic ticket.
What Should I do if I Have Already Missed My Traffic Ticket Court Date?
Fortunately, in many instances these scenarios can be avoided. If you have missed a court date on your traffic ticket it is important that you contact an attorney right away. The sooner you are able to resolve your failure to appear the easier it will be to minimize the penalties.
If you have missed your court date and need to talk to an attorney, call Lindsay Reese at 678-296-0590. Lindsay has successfully resolved failures to appear in almost every metro-Atlanta jurisdiction including: City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Dekalb County Recorder’s Court, Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, City of Alpharetta, City of Milton, City of Doraville, City of Roswell, City of Duluth and City of John’s Creek.