What are Failure to Appear Warrants and DMV Holds?

  • Aug 24 2018

Failure to appear warrants are a type of arrest warrant that is issued for people who fail to appear in court at the appointed time. These warrants are issued by a judge, and they will remain in effect until the person appears in court. As a result of the failure to appear in Court, the Court will notify the DMV to place a hold on your California driver license. Within a short amount of time, the Driver will receive a notice from the DMV that the driver’s license will be suspended as of a certain date.

If you have a failure to appear warrant issued and/or a DMV driver license hold notice, our traffic ticket attorney can help. We can usually have the DMV hold lifted from your driver license within 1-3 business days.

Failure to appear on a traffic charge is one of the most common reasons for FTA warrants to be issued. Even if you disagree with the ticket, you are still legally required to appear in court. Traffic tickets can often be paid by mail or over the phone, which results in a guilty plea, but people can also show up in court to contest the ticket. Unfortunately, traffic tickets and court dates can easily slip your mind, which can result in an FTA warrant.

While the police may not show up on your doorstep to arrest you the day after an FTA warrant is issued, they can arrest you the next time they come in contact with you. That means that a future traffic stop can result in your arrest even if it is a minor matter.

If you have received a traffic ticket, we can help you resolve it. We can also help you resolve any failure to appear warrants that are on your record. Our failure to appear warrant lawyer will work hard on your behalf to achieve the best outcome for your case. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.

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