Failure to Appear

Missing Your Court Date – Failure to Appear (FTA)

In North Carolina, a missed court date can result in the court issuing a Failure to Appear (FTA). The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will revoke your driver’s license for an FTA in traffic court. It is illegal for anyone to drive in North Carolina with a revoked license. If law enforcement pulls you over while your license is revoked, you may be issued a ticket for DWLR. It is important to handle any FTA’s, even if your license is from another state. Outstanding charges in any state may result in you being unable to renew your driver’s license.

Missing your court date for a Misdemeanor or Felony offense can result in an Order for Arrest (OFA) or a bench warrant. As a result, you can be arrested and required to post bail or remain in jail until your court date. If you have an OFA, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to avoid any additional charges.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney

At Cummings & Kennedy, we know the problems that develop from a failure to appear. In some cases, we are able to represent you in court without you being present, however, sometimes, your presence in court is required. Allowing Cummings and Kennedy to represent you will bring you peace of mind. We are deeply committed to your case. We recognize that this process can be confusing. For this reason, you can trust that we are here to provide you with accessible and accurate advice. We will be there to support and guide you every step of the way. Our assistance prevents some of the most common mistakes and allows you to move through the process as effectively and painlessly as possible.

  • “I was represented by Mr. Kennedy and from the beginning he guaranteed me that my legal matter would be taken care of in our favor, which it was.”
  • “I’m normally a worry wart, especially when it comes to the Judicial system, but Frederick Horne was so reassuring and answered all my questions before my court date!”
  • “He was super nice, professional, and knowledgeable. After all his hard work I’m sitting here right now with no dwi convection. Thank you so much!”
  • “Joe and his team are excellent and affordable! Dismissal of all charges was the only option ever discussed and Joe delivered. We couldn't be happier with our outcome. If you're having legal problems these are the people to call.
  • “From the beginning the paralegal or secretary was cheerful, helpful, quick and made this as efficient as possible!!!! Thank you ,thank you! Didn’t even have to go to court paid over the phone thank you so much!”
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