Do I need to go to court if I have a lawyer?
You will need to attend all court appearances unless your lawyer has advised you that your attendance is not required. If you fail to appear for court and you do not have permission to not be present, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest.
What should I wear to court?
You should dress professionally – at a minimum dress "business casual."
When should I arrive for my court appearance?
Try to be there approximately 15 minutes early. Never appear late. Some judges are known to issue warrants for your arrest if you are late.
What should I bring to court?
Generally, your attorney will advise you if there is anything specific that you need to bring. It can be helpful to bring all your paperwork related to the case with you when you appear in court.
What if I live in another state, will I need to come to Washington for court?
Yes, unless the court “waives” your presence. Ask your attorney how this can be done.
I missed a court date, what should I do now?
You most likely have a warrant out for your arrest with a bail amount set. There are three ways to take care of this:
- Post the bond with the court or through a bail bonds company; or
- Bring a motion to "quash" the warrant;
- Turn yourself into the jail.
Will the police officer be in court?
Police officers and other witnesses are not required to appear unless it will be a hearing in which testimony about the facts of your case will be taken. Generally, this only occurs at a motion hearing or at trial.