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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 Info
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.