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Failure to Appear in Tennessee

By Baker Associates

Knoxville criminal defense lawyers realize that life can be busy. It is important to realize that courts take it seriously when you fail to appear for your court date. This undermines the court?s authority and increases the court?s workload. The failure to appear statute in Tennessee provides an offense for people who knowingly fail to appear at court or other official proceedings or penal institutions when directed to appear by a lawful authority. According to Tennessee law, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly fail to appear as directed by a lawful authority if the person: ? Has been lawfully issued a criminal summons; ? Has been lawfully commanded to appear for booking and processing pursuant to a criminal summons; ? Has been lawfully issued a citation in lieu of arrest; ? Has been lawfully released from custody, with or without bail, on condition of subsequent appearance at an official proceeding or penal institution at a specified time or place; or ? Knowingly goes into hiding to avoid prosecution or court appearance...continue to full post

Full post as published by Tennessee Criminal Lawyer Blog on March 11, 2008 (boomark / email).

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