Nevada Criminal Defense Lawyers

Failure to Appear


When a judge grants you bail for a criminal charge, they do so trusting and expecting you will return. If you fail to return for those future court dates, you will likely face additional charges and may have real difficulty getting any further leniency from the court.

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Even if it was an accident, we may have a bit of an uphill climb to convince a judge that your intentions were good. Maybe you forgot about your court date. Perhaps you had an emergency and just simply couldn’t make it back.

But there are ways that you can make it right again. Contact our attorneys today to discuss how we can help you try to fix this without further damage.

Bail is essentially collateral or a promise that you will return to court. Even if you are released on your “own recognizance” (an OR bond), you must return to court when told or face future charges.

The Good News: If it’s been less than 30 days since your missed court date, we can likely arrange for you to turn yourself in without additional penalties.

Nevada Failure to Appear – Penalties

If you are formally charged with failure to appear, the charge you face depends on the charges, and case you didn’t show up to court for.

If you fail to appear on a felony charge, you will face an additional class D felony which carries a potential 1 to 4 years in prison and fines reaching $5,000.

If you fail to appear on a gross misdemeanor charge, you will face an additional gross misdemeanor which carries a potential 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

If you fail to appear on a misdemeanor charge, you will face an additional misdemeanor with penalties of up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.

If you left the state to avoid getting caught, you will be charged with an additional class D felony.

Ref: NRS §199.335

When you’re already facing criminal charges, getting slapped with additional charges can be the straw that broke the camel’s back. You are likely stressed and extremely worried about how your failure to appear will affect your life and your other case.

Together, we can work towards the best possible results on your day in court.

Or maybe you are from out of town, and found it impossible to get back for your court date. If were a tourist, and couldn’t make it back to a Las Vegas criminal court, for example, we may be able to help fix this for you.

Whether you missed a court date intentionally or had no choice, our Nevada criminal defense lawyers can help. Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case and what to do next.