Question by  admoneat (25)

What will happen if I had a speeding ticket and missed the court date?

I didn't mean to miss the court date, I simply forgot about it.


Answer by  Catteni (29)

If you miss the court date on a ticket you can no longer contest it. You may file for an extension on the time to pay it if you wish. You will be required to pay it or risk more fines and possible loss of your license at a later point in time.


Answer by  shanb (49)

Depending on the State and severity of the speeding ticket, the Court could very well issue a warrant for arrest for failure to appear or the Court may suspend the license requiring the person to move the Court to have the case re-calendared in order to deal with the charges.


Answer by  mannersandsuch (1796)

You will probly have an additional fine or you will have been assumed to plead guilty and just have to pay the fine off.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Contact the court, preferably by going there in person, and arrange for a new court date. It is likely that a warrant has been issued for your arrest for failure to appear, so you can nip that in the bud by arranging a new date immediately.


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

If this is your first miss they will send you a reminder that another miss date will automatically get you a guilty charge and points will be assessed


Answer by  jh (138)

If you miss your court date, a bench warrant will be issued for Failure to Appear. In this circumstance, you should contact your local District Attorney for instructions on how to clear the warrant and resolve the issue of your oustanding traffic violation. The sooner you can admit to and correct such a mistake, the better.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

If you missed your court date without getting a continuance, the judge will have entered a default judgment against you. This means that you have lost your chance to contest the ticket and you will be ordered to pay the fine. Depending on local laws, you may also be responsible for paying legal fees associated with your court date.


Answer by  DogLover82 (412)

Contact the clerk of the court as soon as possible to reschedule. If you repeatedly fail to appear, the judge could order a warrant for your arrest.


Answer by  debbie80 (161)

Most states will find you guilty in absentia if you fail to appear for a hearing and then you will have a number of days in order to pay your fine before more serious measures are taken. More serious measures could include jail time, suspension of license and other measures.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

If you miss a court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. If the warrant is for a small amount, most likely for a speeding ticket, you will not actually be arrested. This does mean that the amount owed is a lot more. You should go to the court, explain to the clerk, and pay the ticket.


Answer by  phammy (33)

You will be found quilty be default because you did not appear. You will be required now to pay the fine.

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