Failing to Appear in Las Vegas

Failing to Appear Is a Crime 

Showing up for court dates in a criminal matter is critically important. If you don’t show up, the court will likely issue a bench warrant for your arrest. More than that, the judge may find you in contempt of court, which only adds to the charges you already face. Even worse, failure to appear is considered a separate crime in Las Vegas and across the state. NRS 199.335 explains what kinds of consequences you may face if you fail to appear for any of your criminal court dates.

In many criminal matters, the defendant may be released on bond or on his own recognizance until his trial date. If he does not appear at this subsequent date, then he is likely guilty of a violation against NRS 199.335 and will be charged with failure to appear. 

The remedy for this charge is simple. Should the defendant surrender to authorities within 30 days of the missed court date, the failure to appear charge will effectively be dropped. An even better way to deal with the situation is to retain the services of a seasoned Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. With his assistance, it may be possible to have the bench warrant quashed, and remembering future court dates won’t be a problem.