Failure to Appear

Having a Failure to Appear (FTA) can cause significant stress in your life.  Not only will you have to deal with the fact of having a suspended license, but an FTA can also affect your ability to get and hold a job or apply and obtain credit including being approved for rental properties.  Having a Failure to Appear is the same thing as being charged with a misdemeanor, criminal offense.  Our attorneys can help fix this stressful and damaging situation with your license.  In most cases, we are able to have the Failure to Appear, otherwise known as an FTA, removed entirely or stricken as a court error.  The end result is usually that the DMV will automatically reinstate your license without you having to appear in court or take any action other than pay any resulting court fees.

In addition, when the FTA is stricken in error by the judge, the $200 penalty that had attached to your case, is removed. This will leave only court costs and sometimes a small fine.  The result can be almost cutting in half of the total amount that you have to pay at the courthouse at the end of your case.  Also, we will save you the reinstatement fee at the DMV by having the failure to appear removed or stricken.  That case you in most cases $165 and the DMV should reinstate your license through their computer system which is linked with the court system.

Traffic or speeding tickets that were received in Fayetteville or Cumberland County, can be fixed or resolved with great results.  In many cases, those tickets, whether or not they have failures to appear, can be dismissed or reduced.  In Wake County or in Johnston County, tickets with failures to appear can be resolved with great results and in most situations, the FTA can be removed, satisfied or stricken in error.

Regardless of which county, your appearance in court will be waived by us on almost all traffic tickets received.  This means you will not have to take off time from work or school to appear in court. 

Let our failure to appear in court lawyers worry about your case and help you get your license fixed and reinstated.  All done for the most reasonably priced attorney’s fees in the Raleigh area.  We have been specializing in handling missed court date cases for over 25 years.  

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Our determined failure to appear in court lawyers has helped individuals and families with thousands of reckless driving tickets and criminal cases and assisted countless others with their differing legal needs.  Serving clients throughout The Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, we fight aggressively to help those in need.  We offer a free consultation and affordable rates to help you pursue the just outcome you deserve.

Raleigh Traffic Tickets

Failed to Appear in Court?
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The Law Offices of J.M. Kotzker will can review the specifics of your failure to appear in court case and develop a strategic approach to the situation.  We are adept at effectively fighting speeding tickets and red light tickets and tickets or charges relating to high speed violationsreckless drivingillegal/unsafe lane changesfailure to yield to an emergency vehicle and passing a stopped school bus.  Read more about traffic tickets

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