I’ve got court tomorrow. What can I expect?
Dress nicely for court. Remember, this may be the judge’s first impression of you. No ripped clothing. No clothing with holes. No shorts. No flip flops. No sweat pants.
Turn off your cell phone and be on time. If you’re late, you may be tested for drugs if you have been released on bond. If you test positive for an illegal substance, the court will revoke or increase your bond and you’ll be arrested.
The court will call the docket at your scheduled time. Answer loudly, it’s hard to hear in a crowded courtroom. You will meet with the attorney after she visits with the prosecutor about your case. Cases are rarely resolved during the first setting. Sometimes, the attorney is waiting for additional evidence. Often, the client or the State, need additional time in order to obtain a dismissal, an agreement, or prepare for trial.
How long will it take? The attorney will try to get you in and out quickly; but, depending on the status of your case, you may be required to stay longer. Worst case scenario? You could be in court for up to 3 hours. If you have a 9:00 a.m. docket call, don’t make plans until after 12:00 p.m. If you have a 1:30 p.m. docket call, you may be required to stay until 5:00 p.m.
Do not get frustrated. The wheels of justice grind very slowly.
Always keep us updated with your current contact information. New phone? New address? New email? Let us know. The court has designated us as your contact.
What if I can’t get to court?
If you have a doctor or hospital note, you may have a valid excuse. Contact our office immediately and provide us with any documentation you have. Unfortunately, if you fail to appear for court and have not provided us a valid excuse, your bond will most likely be forfeited and a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. Call us immediately so that we can communicate the issue to the court.