Answered on Sep 29th, 2011 at 5:51 AM
Missing Court date - California If you missed a court date in California, the judge presiding over your case likely issued a Bench Warrant. This means, if you are stopped by the police, or they happen to go to your house, you can be arrested. In order to prevent being arrested, you'll need to go to the Criminal Clerk's window and ask that your case be "added-on" to the Court's calendar. Typically, you need to get to the Court's Criminal Clerks' department no later than 8:30 a.m., in order to get your case heard that same day. Although the judge has the authority to place you into custody, if your charge is a minor misdemeanor, it is unlikely (however not impossible), that the judge will reprimand you into custody. If you're charged with a Felony, and you posted bail to get out of jail originally, you should go to court with an attorney. This may be your only way of convincing the court to leave you out of jail on bail.