This past week I have been getting calls from concerned people who were cited at Coachella and Stagecoach 2019. They didn’t receive anything from the court about their court date as the arresting agencies (mostly the ABC) told them.
YOU WERE MISINFORMED AT COACHELLA AND STAGECOACH 2019
The court does not contact you about your case. The DA’s office does not contact you about your case. Nobody will contact you about your case (other than attorneys who send jail mail). The citation you received is the only notice that you get. That’s it! The law requires you to follow-up on your own cases. That means it’s on you to call the court to see if you have a court date. And if you’re not in town? Sorry! The court doesn’t let you reschedule the arraignment date to a later date or time.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU MISS YOUR COACHELLA OR STAGECOACH 2019 COURT DATE?
If you miss your court date stemming from a Coachella or Stagecoach 2019 citation, the judge will issue a bench warrant. That means you could go to jail if you come into contact with the police. Now, on a case like this, that isn’t likely. Jails are full. We have a severe overcrowding problem in California. However, if an employer or school runs a background check, they will see the warrant. If you try to travel internationally, that could be a problem. If you try to get a loan or renew your driver’s license, that could be a problem. You need to follow-up on your Coachella and Stagecoach 2019 cases.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR COACHELLA OR STAGECOACH 2019 CASE ISN’T FILED?
The DA’s office has one year from the date of citation to file a misdemeanor case. That means if your Coachella or Stagecoach 2019 case isn’t filed by April 2020, then you are lucky! The DA’s office also decides to not file certain cases based on the reports and other information provided to them. If they don’t file, you’re also lucky! But, the citation will still show up on your criminal record if not handled properly.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HANDLE YOUR COACHELLA OR STAGECOACH 2019 CASE
If your court date is this week or the next, or even if you have a warrant, we still have time to talk and handle your case. Call me and we can discuss your options to save your future!