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Maryland Failure to Appear Lawyer

Failing to appear in court in Maryland is considered a serious violation of the law, and committing this offense can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, misdemeanor charges, jail time, and fines of up to $1,000.00. These penalties may run concurrent with any penalties you receive for the charges you were issued before you failed to appear. If you’ve been charged with failure to appear in addition to any other crimes in Maryland, ranging from minor offenses such as traffic violations to more serious ones such as armed robbery, you owe it to yourself to hire the best legal representation available. Our qualified, seasoned Maryland defense attorneys offer free initial consultations, and will utilize every available legal resource in order to create a strong defense that improves your chances of receiving a favorable outcome in court. Here is further information specifically concerning Maryland failure to appear laws.

Failure to appear in Maryland can harm your future and your financial stability. Our attorneys handle every case tirelessly to achieve the best possible results. Please call (301) 761-4842 to speak with an attorney. The initial consultation for any criminal offense is absolutely free.

Failure to Appear in Response to Citation

Failure to appear in response to citation is covered within Title 5, Subtitle 2 of the Maryland Criminal Procedure Code. Per Section 5-212, it is illegal for a defendant to fail to appear in court in response to a citation issued by a law enforcement officer. Code Section 5-212(b) states that a bench warrant will be issued for the arrest of any defendant who commits this crime. The penalty for failure to appear is a misdemeanor offense, and under Section 5-212(c), is punishable by 90 days incarceration and a fine not to exceed $500.00.

This code does not apply to the following forms of citation:

  • A citation for violation of a parking regulation or ordinance classified within Title 26, Subtitle 3 of the Maryland Transportation Code
  • A citation for a traffic offense classified within code Section 1-605(d) of the Maryland Courts Article
  • A citation issued by a police officer within the Maryland Natural Resources Department, as per Section 1-205 of the Maryland Natural Resources Article

Failure to Appear for Jury Service

Failure to appear for jury service is covered within Title 8, Subtitle 5 of the Maryland courts and judicial proceedings code. According to state code Section 8-504 under this subtitle, it is illegal for an individual to fail to appear for jury service after being summoned under Title 8 – Juries and Jurors. According to code Section 8-504(b), the judge may order any violator of this provision to appear in court on a separate date and demonstrate his or her reasons for failing to appear.

The penalty for failing to appear in response to a summons for jury service is a jail term of up to 60 days, as well as a fine of up to $1,000.00.

Failure to Appear Following Citation from Natural Resources Officer

Title 1, Subtitle 2 of the Maryland Natural Resources code covers citations, written promises to appear and failure to appear in the context of Natural Resources police officers. If an individual is apprehended by a Natural Resources police officer for a crime punishable as a misdemeanor, the officer can issue the individual a written citation rather than take him or her into custody. The individual must then sign the written citation, promising to appear in court on a scheduled date and time.

If the individual then fails to appear in court as promised, he or she will have a warrant issued for his or her arrest for failure to appear. The only exemptions are for individuals who post sufficient collateral for the offense, who pay any relevant fines before the trial, or who are represented in court by legal counsel, such as a Maryland failure to appear lawyer.

As a penalty for failing to appear, you’ll be required to pay a $100.00 fine in addition to any fines related to the original crimes for which you were apprehended.


Our Maryland defense attorneys handle failure to appear cases throughout many areas of the state. With a wide variety of office locations, we’re able to offer skilled, experienced legal representation just a short distance from your place of residence. This makes it easy to work with your lawyer on a frequent basis throughout each step of the legal process. Some of the areas in which we offer legal defense services include:


Nearly 39,000 crimes are committed in Baltimore every year, equaling a total crime rate of 6,079 crimes per 100,000 people per year. With a crime rate that’s 1.8 times the national average and 1.6 times the Maryland average, this creates many opportunities for subsequent failure to appear crimes in Baltimore. If you’ve been charged with such a crime in Baltimore, your best means of legal recourse is to hire one of our experienced attorneys.


With a population just under 61,000, Bethesda is far smaller than Baltimore, but still experiences a crime rate higher than 71% of other cities in the United States. A total of 1,687 crimes are committed each year, for an annual crime rate of 2,772 crimes per 100,000 citizens. Although this is still well below the Maryland average, it results in numerous failure to appear cases. By participating in a free initial case evaluation with one of our defense attorneys, you’ll gain a better understanding of your charges and what it will take to fight them.

College Park

College Park is an upscale college town of roughly 30,000, with 88% of jobs in white-collar industries and 51% of the population in the 18 to 24 age group. Somewhat surprisingly, the crime rate is nearly as high as in Baltimore, at 5,840 crimes per 100,000 people per year, and including a glut of annual property crimes. Many of these crimes represent minor offenses committed by college students and other young people, resulting in a large number of failure to appears. If you’ve been charged with failure to appear or virtually any other crime in College Park, one of our defense attorneys will assist you through every step of your case in pursuit of the best possible outcome.


Located midway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Columbia is larger than College Park and Bethesda combined at just under 100,000 people. As a city of managers, office workers and sales professionals, Columbia has nearly 94% of its workforce employed in white-collar positions. The crime rate is a moderate 2,807 crimes per 100,000 people per year, with the vast majority of those being property crimes. If you fail to appear in court in Columbia, a warrant could be issued for your arrest. Our defense lawyers will examine each aspect of your case to create the best legal defense possible.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County contains such notable Maryland cities as Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Rockville, and sits just to the northwest of the District of Columbia. It is also home to Silver Spring, a suburb of Washington D.C. and a developing city in their own right. Crime rates vary greatly throughout this county of nearly one million people, such as in Silver Spring where the crime rate is above the national average at 3,625 per 100,000 residents per year. With office locations in Montgomery County, you’re only a phone call away from a free consultation and some of the best legal representation in Maryland.

Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County contains the aforementioned College Park as well as other notable cities like Bowie, Landover and Hyattsville. Bowie is the largest city in the county with around 55,000 residents. In Bowie, the crime rate is well below the Maryland average for violent crimes with 234 per 100,000 residents per year. Due to a high number of property crimes, however, the overall crime rate is higher at 2,354 per 100,000 residents per year. Our failure to appear lawyers in Prince George’s County will assist with each of your legal needs, drastically improving your odds of receiving a favorable outcome in court.


With a population of 61,000 spread across 19 neighborhoods, Rockville is a white-collar, mid-sized city in Maryland’s Montgomery County. The annual crime rate is 2,547 per 100,000 people per year, below the national median for both property and violent crimes. Being charged with failure to appear in Rockville is serious, and deserves the attention of one of our skilled, experienced criminal defense attorneys.