May 15, 2016

The Consequences of Missing a Court Date in a Colorado DUI Case

The Consequences of Missing a Court Date in a Colorado DUI Case

When you miss a court date in your DUI case, your absence will be noted as a “failure to appear,” and the presiding judge will likely issue a bench warrant for you.

An active bench warrant can basically mean that:

  • You will be arrested immediately if you are stopped by police for any reason.
  • The warrant for your arrest will be public record, available for anyone who runs a background check on you to see.
  • Any bond that you have paid to get out of jail can be revoked, and the judge can change the conditions of your release if (s)he deems it appropriate.
  • Future bail amounts for your case will typically be higher.

In these situations, retaining a defense attorney – and being proactive about resolving the bench warrant and the DUI case – can be critical to avoiding further legal complications and being able to move on to a bright future.

DUI Court Dates & Appearances: More Important Information

  • If you can’t make a court date, you can request a continuance – So, in other words, if you know in advance that you aren’t going to be able to appear for the arraignment (or some other court date) in your DUI case, you can – and should – request that the date be postponed (i.e., continued on another date). Making these requests upfront can save a lot of time and headaches later.
  • Your attorney can appear on your behalf – If you have the representation of a DUI lawyer, your lawyer can appear for you, precluding a failure to appear and a bench warrant.
  • The arraignment may just be the first court date associated with your case – In fact, the arraignment, which is when the official charges against a defendant are read and when the defendant enters a plea to those charges, kicks off the DUI court process. Following the arraignment there may be various hearings, as well as a trial, for which the defendant has to appear in court. If, however, the case is resolved before trial via a plea deal, then the next court appearance will likely be to change the plea and receive the court’s decision regarding the deal.

Contact a Broomfield DUI Lawyer at The Datz Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been accused of a DUI (and/or any other criminal offense) in Colorado, a Broomfield DUI lawyer at The Datz Law Firm is here for you, ready to provide you with superior defense representation.

At The Datz Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping people resolve their sensitive legal issues, get through challenging times and move forward into a brighter future. We are proud to offer the same type of legal advocacy and client-centered service that we would demand if we were in our clients’ shoes.

To discuss your case and best defense options for proceeding, call us at (720) 879-1114, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page.

From our offices in Broomfield, we represent clients throughout the Denver metro area, as well as throughout Boulder County, Broomfield County, Jefferson County, Weld County, Adams County, Arapahoe County and Douglas County.

Categories: CO DUI Cases, DUI, DUI Laws