I accidentally missed a court date for an infraction, and got issued a warrant for failure to appear. I turned myself in last week and the officer told me that I now have two different charges: the original infraction, and a new misdemeanor charge for failing to appear. I have a legitimate excuse, and I know that failure to appear is if you Willingly do it, so..
How do I handle this in court? Is the judge going to ask me for explanation at the arraignment, or will I only have a chance to explain myself and clear the charge if I plead not guilty for that charge? Also what is the usual penalty if i do get charged with it?
Thanks for any advice.