I Missed My Court Date, What Do I Do Now?


The first thing that you have to do is make your best effort to attend court. If you miss your court date, a judge may issue what’s called a bench warrant. This warrant means that you can be arrested, and this warrant is very similar in function to a standard arrest warrant. The judge doesn’t always issue these bench warrants, but the judge has the discretion to do so.

The police might actively pursue you, if you have been charged with a Felony or other serious crime. That doesn’t mean that the police won’t pursue you if your offense is traffic-related, or some other minor offense.

Your best bet is to bring all documentation that might explain your absence, and to contact your lawyer to see what your options are. Your lawyer may be able to explain why you missed the court date, and may be able to reschedule the court date quickly.

You need experienced lawyers who can help keep your interests in mind and get the best outcome possible for you. Call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC. You can call for a FREE consultation at 1 (919) 585-1486, or contact Kristi Haddock at kristi@wileynickel.com, or Wiley Nickel at wiley@wileynickel.com.


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.