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Appearing in Bucks County Court As An Out of State Resident
If an individual from out-of-state is accused of a crime and given a court date, the dates can often be changed or moved to make it much more viable for the individual to make an appearance. This, however, becomes much more difficult if an individual chooses to represent themselves. For this reason an experienced Bucks County criminal defense attorney is important, as in most cases the attorney can make a majority of the court appearances and save that individual the time and cost of travel multiple times to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Seeking out the services of an experienced attorney at the earliest possible stage will ensure that an individual ultimately spends less money travelling back and forth for out-of-state to court hearings and is aware of when their court date is going to take place.
Consequence of Missing a Court Date
Whether an individual is out-of-state or in-state, missing a required court date will result in any bail conditions being revoked and a warrant for a person’s arrest being issued. If a warrant is issued, should the individual be stopped, whether in-state or out of state, the person will be held in a correctional facility until the warrant is remedied. If someone from out-of-state has failed to appear for a hearing in Bucks County, it is extremely important that they reach out and obtain a lawyer immediately because that person can be held in custody, without bail, for many months before they are extradited to Bucks County.
However a legal representative may be able to help by reaching out to the sheriff’s department in Bucks County and reaching out to the judge that has revoked the bail or bond conditions in an attempt to get the bail and/or bond reinstated. An individual without the aid of a lawyer may not have the chance to have their warrant lifted without a lengthy incarceration stay, whether in or out-of-state.
Steps to Take Before Appearing
Lawyers in Bucks County and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will and should often have very detailed conversations with their clients, prior to any court date, whether it be at the district court level or the Court of Common Pleas. Lawyers should have gone over all documents involving the case, indicate to their client the chances of any diversionary programs, and allow their client to describe the events as they took place and as the client remembers when the alleged allegations were made. Accordingly, this permits the attorney to be better prepared to get the best possible result for the client as he or she navigates the criminal justice system.