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What Happens If You Miss Your Court Date?

Updated February 21, 2019

The failure to appear at a court date in a criminal case results in the imposition of significant sanctions by the judge in most proceedings, according to "Criminal Law: Cases and Materials" by John Kaplan, Robert Weisberg and Guyora Binder.

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Judges impose at least one of two penalties when a court date is missed: a bench warrant, directing law enforcement to arrest you will be issued and/or your bail bond, if you have one, will be revoked.

Time Frame

A judge typically issues a bench warrant and revokes your bond at the time of the scheduled hearing. These orders can take a day or two to work through the system, resulting in a short delay before the warrant is active.


If you legitimately cannot make a court date, notify the judge's administrative assistant immediately. Some valid reasons for not appearing in court as scheduled are a death in your immediate family or a serious health problem afflicting you.

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About the Author

Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.

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