Can I go to request time with the judge to request for a failure to appear warrant to be lifted myself if I dont have a lawyer??

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Question: Can I go to request time with the judge to request for a failure to appear warrant to be lifted myself if I dont have a lawyer??

I missed a court date and I was reading on some attorney website that an attorney is able to show up to the next available court date for that circuit request time with the judge and ask for the warrant to be lifted but I cannot afford an attorney so I would like to know if I am able to do this myself?? I know that you guys answered for somebody else saying that when you miss a court date you do not want to ignore it that you must take care of the problem so what can I do to avoid having to get arrested on a failure to appear warrant now that I have already missed the court date??

 

Answer:

In theory you are able to do this, but it can be risky. If the judge included a bond with the warrant, you can pay the bond or hire a bondsman to pay it for you. Some courts also have amnesty days where you can surrender and have the bond lifted. Otherwise, you will have to take the chance and either surrender and wait for court or show up on a court date and ask to be added to the docket. Keep in mind, not every court will do this; they might just arrest you and hold you in jail. Also keep in mind, in Missouri, if the charge has a victim, the judge cannot change the bond unless the victim has received proper notice.

 

Justin C. Hunt

Expungement Attorney in North Kansas City, MO