Make Sure You Do Not Miss Your Arraignment Date
In your absence, the courts may issue a “failure to appear” (FTA) order which can result in criminal charges under the California Vehicle Code Section 40508 VC. If convicted, you could face up to six months in jail and pay hefty fines up to $1,000.
A judge may also issue a bench warrant in addition to the criminal charges giving police the right to arrest you.
The moment you miss your hearing, regardless of the circumstances, reach out to an Alameda DUI lawyer who will help you reduce the harshness of the punishment.
If a quick-thinking lawyer can prove that you did not intentionally miss your hearing— either you were in the hospital, in jail, or in active military service—then you may not face penalties for failure to appear.