Court Dates Attendance Tips & Requirements
As far as Misdemeanor cases goes, if you have hired private counsel, the attorney is able to attend most of the hearings without you having to be present.
Meaning, that you will not have to be present at the court. Although, for some instances such as, the attorney being able to come to a pretrial solution with the State where they are able to have a favorable outcome in your case, you may be required to be present for that one time in order to have your case be closed out.
If your case is being taking to trial, then yes – you will also be required to be present. The pretrial stage of a case will be able to be handled by private Counsel for the most part, except for that one time if attorney is able to close out your case before.
If you have not hired counsel, then you will be required to attend the court hearing that has been scheduled.
If you do not show up to the scheduled hearing the Court will issue a warrant, and, in some cases, there could be a license suspension.
If a public defender is assigned to your misdemeanor case, then you will not have to appear at Court and it will be the same procedure as if you had a private attorney.