Serious consequences for failure to appear – Craig Wismer / Peoria Times
March 3rd, 2017 – Every Tuesday afternoon in the Arrowhead Justice Court, I conduct Civil Traffic and Criminal Arraignment Hearings, the purpose of which is for the judge to read the charges to defendants and for them to enter pleas.
In most instances, defendants are notified of the date and time to appear by way of the Arizona Traffic Ticket and Complaint. This document, which they sign for and are given a copy of by the citing law enforcement officer, also sets forth the charge(s) and advises them their failure to appear may result in the imposition of a monetary penalty, suspension of driver’s license, or driving privilege and, in the case of a criminal charge, the issuance of a warrant for arrest. It also discloses to them failure to appear on a criminal charge will result in the court generating its own criminal complaint, citing a defendant for a violation of Arizona Revised Statutes 13-2506(A)(2), Failure to Appear by Promise, a Class 2 Misdemeanor.
With all of this information made available to defendants, it continues to surprise me that people either forget about their court date…. Read the rest on PeoriaTimes.com