In addition to a bench warrant for your arrest, failing to show up for court can, and often does, result in a suspension of your driver's license. The following is the applicable code section:
375-3-3-.12 Suspension of License for Failure to Appear
The Department shall suspend the driver’s license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle in this state of any person who has failed to respond to a citation to appear before a court of competent jurisdiction of this state or of any other state for a traffic violation other than a parking violation. The Department shall forthwith notify such person that his license is to be suspended subject to review as provided for by law.
This isn't the end of the world though. If this happens to you, you must: (1) get a clearance letter from the court or a 912 license reinstatement form; and (2) take the form to DDS along with the reinstatement fee. I have, historically, seen the DDS do this free of charge if your attorney does it for you. Nonetheless, you should always expect the government to charge you for the "services" they're already taxing you for.
If you, or someone you know, has failed to appear for court please contact me as soon as possible. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 770-729-4809.
- Jason Carnell