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What should I do if I'm released from Jail without a Court Date?

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Usually, if you've been given a court date you will receive paperwork at the time of your release with the information on which court to go to and the date and time of the appearance. If you don't have this information and you Bailed out, check with the bail bondsman, they will know when you're due in court. If you were released by the court and told that "you may still be charged later", make sure that the court has the proper address and check your mail like a hawk, because if you miss a court summons that comes in the mail, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest.

A lawyer can check available resources to determine if you have a court date pending. If you ever have a question about a pending court date, call your lawyer and get the facts. If you miss a court appearance after promising to appear, you could wind up not only with a bench warrant for your arrest, but it's possible you could wind up with the new charge of Bail Jumping. I've represented people who missed court appearances for a crime they didn't commit, and then, when they went to trial and were found Not Guilty of the original crime, were still convicted of Bail Jumping for missing a court appearance they shouldn't have had to make in the first place! Don't let his happen to you; treat all your court appearances with extreme care.

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