Not showing up to court on your assigned court date comes with multiple consequences that best should be avoided. First, a person will be “Called and Failed” (C&F) indicating you did not come to court and a “Failure to Appear” (FTA) will be entered into the court computer system by the clerk. Additionally, an FTA will come with it’s own fine of $200.00 in addition to any other fines you may have under the original charge.

For motor vehicle violations, the FTA will be transmitted to the North Carolina DMV on the 20th day following your missed court date. At that point, the DMV will send a notice to you indicating your license will be suspended 60 days after the date of the letter unless the FTA is cleared up. If caught driving during the period of suspension, you will likely be charged with Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) which carries its own consequences (see our blog on DWLR).

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Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.

Criminal Process, Misdemeanors