I can't make it to my court date. What can I do?
If you hire our firm to represent you for your criminal defense case in Sarasota or Manatee Counties we can likely waive your appearance for most of your court dates so that you do not have to go and can instead focus on work or family and not worry about your criminal case.
Misdemeanor Criminal Cases
For misdemeanor cases we can waive your arraignment (usually the first court date) and your pre-trial conference court dates. This means that you will not have to go—an attorney from our office will make an appearance for you.
Felony Criminal Cases
For felony cases we can waive your arraignment. Regarding the case management court dates (the court dates after arraignment), most judges require the defendant's presence at these court dates. An exception to this is if a person lives out of the area or state. In these cases most judges require a written motion BEFORE the case management date, requesting that the defendant's appearance be waived.
Also, regarding case management court dates: if the defendant, prosecutor, and the judge all agree to a trial date, the case management court date can be canceled by the signing of a Trial Stipulation. Please contact us for more information on this.
Please call us at (941) 444-5128 with any questions that you may have and to speak with an attorney for a free consultation.
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