Failure to Appear

If you do not appear in court when required, the court can order any or all of the following actions:

  1. Order bail posted to insure your appearance forfeited.
  2. Order a warrant for your arrest.
  3. Order the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver's license.
  4. Add a new violation (Failure to Appear - FTA) to your case. The punishment for this violation can be a jail term of up to six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine. Pursuant to section 1214.1 of the Penal Code, in addition to any other penalty, the court may impose an additional $300 Civil assessment against any defendant who fails to appear in court for any proceeding on a minor offense.