My brother missed a court appearance for a drunk and disorder charge.. What are the consequences now??... Thanking you in advance
When your brother failed to turn up in court, one of the following may have occurred:
(i) The judge proceeded to hear the case in the absence of your brother - in which case your brother may have received a fine or some other penalty. If this is the case, then your brother will receive notification either by post or by a garda calling round to inform him.
(ii) The judge may have decided to give your brother one more opportunity to attend court and put the case back to another court date and instructed the garda to notify your brother of the next court date.
(iii) The judge may have issued a warrant for the arrest of your brother so that he will be arrested and brought before the court to explain why he did not attend on the court date which had been fixed. If this occurs, he may further be charged with the offence of failing to appear in court.
To find out which of the above has occurred, your brother can contact the district court office where he was due to appear.
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