I Have A Hold For Failure To Appear
When you get pulled over and subsequently receive a ticket for a traffic violation, often times you are also required to attend a court hearing. This means that you must stand before a judge who will review your infractions and decide what punishment you should receive. However, if you miss your court date for any reason, the court issues a hold on your driver’s license; to be more specific, they issue a VC 40509.5 hold, which is the law that tells the court to notify the DMV that you missed your court date. Within that notification, the DMV is authorized to put a suspension on your driver’s license.
What Does This Mean For Me?
If the DMV suspends your license and you are caught driving, you could be arrested and your car could be towed to an impound lot. This means that you will have to pay to get out of jail, pay fines incurred by the DMV, pay for the new traffic violation tickets incurred from driving on a suspended license and then also pay to have your car removed from the impound lot. While this is one possible scenario, there are other things that could possibly happen if you find yourself thinking, “I have a hold for failure to appear” and need more information:
- A hold on your license could also lead to arrest warrants being issued.
- Collection accounts could potentially be generated.
- You could incur an additional charge just for failing to appear.
None of the scenarios listed are anything that you want to have to negotiate through if you are thinking, “I have a hold for failure to appear.” They become costly and in some cases, can put a permanent negative mark on your record.
What Should I Do?
If you miss a court date and are unsure if you have had a hold placed on your license, you can contact the DMV and they will be able to tell you. Some courts also have the information available on their websites. In order to keep the penalties to a minimum, you need to contact a lawyer and tell them, “I have a hold for failure to appear.” There are a number of ways a lawyer can assist you in this situation; it will cost you to pay for the lawyer, but it will be much cheaper than having to pay for any of the other penalties that you undoubtedly will incur. Having a hold placed on your license is like the snowball effect and you will need a professional to help you navigate.