Many people do not realize that they can receive new charges if they fail to appear in Court. In Texas, as in most of the country, you can be charged with “Failure to Appear”—commonly known as an “FTA”—if you miss a scheduled court date in your criminal case. FTA charges can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on several circumstances. If you are facing an FTA charge then contact our office today.
Houston attorney aggressively handling FTA cases
The range of punishment for an FTA may vary. If the charge for which you failed to appear is a misdemeanor, then you will typically be charged with a misdemeanor. If, however, the charge for which you failed to appear is a felony, then you will typically receive a new felony charge. In addition to the legal penalties on this new charge, you may face penalties such as the forfeiture of bail. If you failed to appear for your court appearance, then it is likely that a warrant has been issued for your arrest. If you believe you are facing an FTA, then contact Shamim Ebrahimi immediately.
There are defenses available to you when facing an FTA. If you missed the appearance due to the consequence of community supervision, then your FTA may be cleared. Also, the Court may forgive your FTA for reasonable cause such as hospitalization or other personal reasons. An FTA can also be excused for lack of intent by the Defendant. It is important to understand, however, that the longer you wait before clearing up your FTA, the more unfavorable the Court will be in considering your situation. This is why it is imperative you contact an attorney immediately if you are a Houston resident who has failed to appear in Court.
Affordable Texas FTA lawyer
It is crucial that any Texas resident handle their FTA charge immediately. Money should not stand in the way of you gaining the immediate representation you need. Shamim prides himself on being reasonably priced and can provide representation on a “per hearing” basis so you can gain the representation you need. He will aggressively handle your having failed to appear regardless of whether the original charges involved DWI, drug charges, assault, theft by check, or allegations of domestic violence.
As explained above, if you have failed to appear then there is likely a warrant out for your arrest. This means you may be picked up on the warrant for something minor such as a traffic ticket infraction. Do not risk your freedom to chance; Shamim handles all matters in the office personally so you can rest assured that your attorney, and not a paralegal or associate, will be with you each step of the way.