What Does a Notice to Appear Mean?

A notice to appear simplifies the court attendance process for those charged with lesser crimes. In essence, a notice allows an officer to avoid arresting and jailing the defendant before their court hearing. This is especially helpful for criminal activities such as shoplifting or trespassing. Even though notices to appear are more convenient for everyone involved, they can only be given for certain offenses.

Notices to appear are only issued in limited circumstances:

  • You are charged with a misdemeanor or minor violation.
  • You have not failed to respond to a previous notice.
  • You are deemed likely to appear on the court date.
  • There is no risk in summoning you to appear.

Though they are simpler, notices carry the same legal weight as an arrest. If you fail to attend court as required, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Because of this, it is extremely important that you do not neglect your notice to appear.

Contact our firm for legal counsel immediately if you have missed your court hearing. Give us a call at (813) 321-7323.

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