Superior Court of California - County of Orange

Failure to Appear – Warrant Information

Please Note
If you fail to appear as ordered by the court, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Additionally, other actions may also take place as a result of your failure to appear or comply with a court order. Please see below for further information.

WARNING: Until an appearance is made in court or bail is posted, your warrant will remain active and you are subject to arrest by any law enforcement agency.

If you fail to appear or comply with a court order you may be subject to:

  • The ordering and issuance of a warrant for your arrest or the holding of the warrant until a future hearing date.
  • If applicable, revoking of your probation.
  • An additional failure to appear charge, which may add an additional fine/fee or sentence in addition to the originating charge(s).
  • If applicable, the forfeiture of any posted bail or bond.
  • If applicable to the charge, a hold may be placed on your driver’s license by the Department of Motor Vehicles, resulting in the inability to renew your license and/or a suspension or revocation of your licensing privileges.
  • A civil penalty of up to $300.00 pursuant to PC 121.4(a) for failure to pay a fine or fee. Each additional failure to appear can result in additional $300.00 penalties for each non appearance.
  • A $15.00 automated warrant fee pursuant to California Vehicle Code 40508.5.
  • Ordinarily, driver’s license holds are issued on juveniles for Vehicle Code violations; however, if the juvenile has reached the age of 18, the case may be processed for a warrant.
  • You may be subject to referral to a collection agency including wage garnishments and levies.

To verify the status of your case, you may access the court’s online case and calendar information. To contact the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the status of your driver’s license, click here for the DMV website.

Warrant Information

To appear on a warrant, you must report to the Criminal Operations Department by 8:00 a.m. at the Justice Center which ordered the warrant. To post bail, contact the Justice Center which ordered the warrant.

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