You Missed Your Court Date, Now What?

If you have a family law matter, it is critical to understand the consequences of missing a court date. Depending on the type of case, missing a court date can result in loss of custody, visitation rights, or even your property. There is a fine line between compliance and non-compliance with the law. Judges and experienced family law attorneys will place you in contempt of court if you miss a court date, and you could face jail time and hefty fees.

A legal situation such as this requires the assistance of a qualified family law attorney. As a family law lawyer in San Diego, I provide consultations to ensure your rights are protected and that you understand your rights and options. With my assistance, you won’t have to worry about what comes next, and you can position yourself to make the best decision for you and your family. 

I have been practicing in San Diego for more than 15 years, and I am the experienced family law attorney you need in your corner in this type of situation. I am available to meet at your home or office and will be able to guide you through what to expect when facing this issue. Depending on the specifics of your court scheduled appearance, it is likely a bench warrant was issued (a written order issued by a judge authorizing the arrest of a person charged with some contempt, crime, or misdemeanor) for your arrest.

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, they can take you into custody at any time. The nature of these proceedings can be intimidating and confusing. However, there is help available. I am a knowledgeable and effective advocate who will help you navigate the legal system and help to protect your rights as a father or mother. So be sure to reach out to me for a consultation before you have a run-in with law enforcement or turn yourself in.

When speaking with an experienced family law lawyer in San Diego like myself, be sure to bring any documents that may have explained your absence, so we can determine what we can expect at court following your absence. We can often resolve a missed court date and make arrangements for me to be present with you when surrendering to the warrant in question.

If we make arrangements for you to surrender yourself to the authorities rather than being taken into custody, there is a greater likelihood you will be released quickly. I can help to negotiate a bail amount and conditions of release, in addition to representing you in court. Having a family law attorney by your side throughout the criminal justice process can significantly improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome. But to achieve positive results, you must contact me for a consultation as quickly as possible.

As your family law attorney, I understand that life happens. With work, family, and other matters, it can be hard to remember court dates, and they can easily slip your mind. Choosing me as your trusted San Diego family law lawyer will give you the best defense in arguing your case and getting your life back on track.

Contact the Office of Michael C. MacNeil, your local family law lawyer in San Diego, to schedule a consultation for legal advice and determine the best course of action.

About Michael MacNeil

Michael C. MacNeil is a San Diego Family Law and Criminal Defense attorney. With a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, MacNeil has a solid understanding of our justice system. As a member of the State Bar of California, MacNeal can practice before all courts in the state. MacNeil believes that the law should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial status. With over 20 years of experience, Michael C. MacNeil is passionate about the law and will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you. Call Mr. MacNeil at 858-922-7098.