Failure to Appear Defense Attorney in Mojave and Kern County
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When you need us we are here to help.  Pursuant to California law, a willful violation
Attorney reduce the charge of a failure to appear to an infraction or dismiss all
appear, is a misdemeanor, even if the original charge is an infraction.  What this
means is that even if your original ticket was simply an infraction such as speeding
or lane violation, if you FTA than the case can become a misdemeanor that is
punishable by up to six months in jail. It is possible however, to have the District of a
promise to appear in court, or of a lawfully granted continuance of a promise to
together if a lawyer is involved.  CA law also provides that an appearance by a
appear, is a misdemeanor, even if the original charge is an infraction.  What this
licensed California  attorney is sufficient compliance with a signed promise to
appear in court.  When a defendant fails to appear in mojave or any other court in
kern county, the judge has the power to:

• Order a bench warrant for the defendant’s immediate arrest.

• Treat the failure to appear as an election to have a trial by written declaration upon
any alleged infraction.

• Impose a civil assessment penalty of over $1000 for a continued failure to appear
ten days after mailing a warning notice to the defendant by first-class mail to the
address shown in the notice to appear or to the defendant’s last known address.  If
the defendant appears within the time specified in the notice and shows good
cause for the failure to appear, the Kern County Court must vacate the assessment.  
If a civil assessment is imposed, no bench warrant or arrest warrant may be issued
because of the failure to appear, and any outstanding, unserved warrant must be

• Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of the defendant’s failure to appear.  The
court must mail a courtesy warning notice to the defendant at least ten days before
sending notice to the DMV.  Until the DMV receives a certificate from the court that
the defendant has subsequently appeared or otherwise satisfied the charge, the
DMV may not issue or renew a driver’s license for the defendant.

Once the CA DMV is notified of the FTA than any license in any other state will
suspend and put a "hold" on your driving privilege until the failure to appear is
resolved. We handle Mojave and
Tehachapi DUI and ticket bench warrants as well.

A vehicle owner who is not the driver also may fail to appear in response to an
unsigned owner-responsibility notice to appear, e.g., after a citation is issued at
truck scales because a vehicle is not properly equipped or not in compliance with
size, weight, or load provisions. If the traffic offender fails to appear, deposit bail, or
plead guilty, a verified complaint must be filed that informs the defendant that unless
he or she appears in court within 21 days from receipt and answers the charge
(rather than the usual 10 days), the court may notify the California DMV to put a hold
on the vehicle’s registration or may issue an arrest warrant.

If a FTA is holding up your ability to get your drivers license we can go to Court for
you, even if you live out of state, and clear up the mess.  If you need a
Mojave CA
Criminal Attorney, we can help. We handle tickets in all Kern County Courts.  
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