If a criminal court in Virginia is calling you to show up, there are many reasons you may not want to do that. Some people may be sentenced to a jail term directly after a hearing or trial, which makes court the last stop before some time behind bars. But whatever the reasons a person may want to avoid it, skipping court is never a good plan.
It is often a good idea to have an attorney in your corner in court. Legal representation means no one is ever unheard in court and that suspects have every chance to prove their innocence or demonstrate a lack of liability. If a defendant doesn’t show up, a lawyer doesn’t get that chance.
A woman in Loudoun County has been charged with felonies and misdemeanors after being arrested in a pharmacy. An employee claimed she had previously gotten prescriptions for narcotics under fraudulent circumstances, and she also had several active warrants for misdemeanors in neighboring Fairfax County.
Failure to appear in court when a person has been ordered to is a misdemeanor under Virginia law or a felony if the court is handling a felony charge. The woman had failed to appear in court in Loudoun County for prescription fraud, a felony in the Old Dominion on its own.
Defense against misdemeanors and other criminal charges may best be handled by a lawyer from the beginning. Everyone should remember that they have a right to legal counsel from the moment of arrest, and they are allowed to wait to have that lawyer speak for them.