Failure To Appear Phoenix

Failure to appear in the 2nd degree is where a person knows they are to appear at a scheduled court hearing but chooses not to. Even a person who has hired a lawyer to show up on their behalf may violate ARS 13-2506 if that lawyer fails to show up on their behalf.




Penalties


Depending on the circumstances, failure to appear is a class 1 or class 2 misdemeanor. A class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A class 2 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 4 months in jail and fines of up to $750. Failure to appear at set court dates or legal proceedings can hold implications just as serious as the crime for which you have been originally charged. In the state of Arizona, depending on circumstances, failure to appear in the second degree is deemed either a class 1 or class 2 misdemeanor. If you are knowingly required by law to make an appearance and fail to present yourself, then you may be liable to be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor. This is the most severe on the scale of misdemeanors, and is one stage below a class 6 felony charge. This can incur you up to 6 months in jail, or a fine of up to $2,500.
If you have given written notice that you will attend or have personally been given a written notice and you do not appear, then you may be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor. This can also result in a custodial sentence of up to 4 months, as well as a fine of up to $750.



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