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Failure to Appear, Bail Jumping and Outstanding Warrant


In the state of Louisiana, failure to appear means that you intentionally failed to appear in court at a designated time and place, as designated by a judge.

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Jumping bail means that you intentionally failed to appear in court, at a pre-designated time and place, when a fixed bail bond amount was made.

If you fail to appear or jump bail, a warrant will be issued to bring you to court. An outstanding warrant will be issued, if you do not respond to the warrant and appear immediately to solve your case.

Louisiana Failure to Appear, Bail Jumping, and Outstanding Warrant Laws and Penalties

If you intentionally jump bail in the state of Louisiana, after the bail has been set, in order to assure the courts that you will appear, then it is considered a misdemeanor and you can face a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 6 months in jail.

If you jump bail for a case which is considered a felony, it will result in up to 2 years in prison with hard labor.

If you fail to appear in court, it is considered a misdemeanor which can result in an arrest warrant, fines, as well as other penalties. Failure to appear generally takes place in cases for traffic court appointments, jury services, civil cases, or criminal cases. Even if you are found not guilty of the arrest or the charge against you, or your case is dismissed, you can still be penalized for failing to appear.

If you fail to appear for a bench warrant then your license can be suspended, and you must pay citation amounts as well as penalty fees.

If you fail to appear for jury service requirements it can result in additional jury duty assignment notices as well as a bench warrant, because the violation is considered a contempt of court. Punitive fines can also result if you continue to fail to appear for jury duty.

If you fail to appear for a civil case as opposed to other cases, the consequences are slightly different. If you are the plaintiff, then the case will be dismissed, and no further legal action can be taken. If you are the defendant, then the judge can automatically rule in favor of the plaintiff. This is referred to as a default judgment, which legally binds all parties.

If you are charged with a crime and fail to appear, then there are also heavy penalties. First, a bench warrant will be issued. After you are apprehended, you can be denied bail or release prior to the trial concluding. Except for DUI offenses, or domestic violence, an attorney can appear on behalf of the defendant for an arraignment hearing.

In a majority of cases, however, if you fail to appear in criminal court, it will result in severe penalties.

If you have an outstanding warrant, the court can take measures as time passes to revoke your driver’s license, until you appear. Once you do appear, you might be required to pay the original fines, as well as penalties for the outstanding warrant and fees to reinstate your driver’s license.

Get Help with a Failure to Appear, Bail Jumping, and Outstanding Warrant Charge

If you have a failure to appear charge, a defense attorney can appear for you and work for a lesser sentence. The same is true for an outstanding warrant charge. This is especially useful if you are no longer in the state but the warrant remains. For bail jumping, the use of a criminal defense attorney can help to reduce your overall charges to mere fines, instead of jail time and fines.

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