Trial in Absence, also known as “Do I have to come to court?
Posted by Mark Matney of Matney Law PLLC Newport News VA
Trial in Absence... I often represent people who do not come to court with me. Last month, for example, I accomplished the amendment of a charge of Reckless Driving by Speed, 88/60, to Speeding for a Pennsylvania resident. Matney Law PLLC is a traffic court and DUI defense law firm. Read our reviews on Avvo...
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Must be present for their court dates?
This works well for people who do not live locally and who are charged with less serious matters. However, judges generally require a court appearance for the more serious misdemeanors, even if the person resides at a great distance. Typically, when there is a realistic possibility of a jail sentence, then people must be present for their court dates.
Reckless Driving to Speeding
Making a special trip for court can be part of the mitigating factors that we present to the judge. A couple months ago a client charged with Reckless by Speed drove to court from Maryland. Although his speed was so high that it could have resulted in jail and a suspended license, the judge took note of the client’s travel and amended the charge from Reckless Driving to Speeding.