If youe Notice has a time, place and date for you to appear, be there or a warrant will likely issue for your arrest. If it doesn't, something will likely come in the mail, but it's never a good idea to assume. Call the court
and see if your case is calendared and when you're expected to be there. Then call them back every now and again, just in case.
The "I just didn't know" routine when you're standing before a judge involuntarily returned on a fugitive warrant is, even if true, not going to pull a lot of weight.
You know you've been cited and this notice has the force and effect of an arrest. Never hurts to be overcautious. The criminal justice
system usually sends word about cases but they've got a lot more of them to remember than you do.
If this is your first offense and you're there when you should be, you can almost certainly come out of this without a criminal record
. But if you start off on the wrong foot, even if it's arguably not your fault, that may be another story.
Edited by FranL on 2/1/2011 at 4:42 AM EST