Appearing in court is hands down one of the least favorable things anyone wants to do. It takes time out of your day, gets expensive, and sometimes for you, doesn’t seem all that necessary. Something that always comes up in question to attorneys is ‘do I have to come?’ While this might seem like a silly question with only one of two answers, you’d be surprised at the response you’d get from an attorney.
- If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you are permitted to have an attorney appear on your behalf, as long as it is not one of the following cases: Domestic Violence, Violation of Protective Order, DUI, Plea, or if the judge requests and requires appearance.
- If you are being charged with a felony, there are no exceptions to this rule, and you must show up in court for the arraignment, plea, preliminary hearing, trial, and sentencing.
- If you have a traffic ticket pending and hire a lawyer, there is usually no requirement to show up in court as well, unless requested by the judge or persons who are overseeing the case.
It’s important to keep in mind that even if you aren’t legally required to show up to court, it might be favorable to do so — especially because this can help bring a positive outcome to your case, and you can provide a first hand account and statement in person, if necessary.
Should you find yourself in a position where an attorney is necessary, it’s also advisable to select one with a good track record, and someone who is well-versed in the case at hand. At GNPCV, our team of attorneys have a number of practice areas and experience with all case types.
For appellate cases, we have a number of attorneys that specialize in the specific fields you may be looking for. To learn more about our firm, please click here to see a summary of our practice areas, or contact us at 914-288-9595 or by filling out this online form today.