Do I have to be there for my first court date or can my lawyer appear for me?

We strongly recommend that you appear for all court dates. Your appearance may be mandatory. In situations where you received prior permission from a judge excusing your appearance, you do not have to appear. However, if not otherwise excused, you must appear at every court date or risk having a warrant for your arrest based on your failure to appear. You also risk having any bond that you may have posted be forfeited to the court.

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