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  1. #1
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    Dec 2017

    Default Failure to Appear on a Dismissed Case

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California.

    In 2014 while homeless I got an RT ticket for not having an RT pass on light rail. I did community service and case was dismissed. However I got a Failure to Appear for not coming to court when scheduled that I thought was taken care of. Also being homeless I lost the notice and didn't know when my court date was.

    Now in 2017 Department of Revenue Recovery says I owe $355 for FTA. I submitted paperwork saying case was dismissed, but they said it only means the warrant was dismissed which is not true.

    I kept asking for clarification 'so I owe for failing to appear on a dismissed case?' They kept saying the warrant was dismissed but not the FTA, like they wouldn't acknowledge my actual case was dismissed, but never said it wasn't dismissed.

    What can I do? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2016

    Default Re: Failure to Appear on Dismissed Case

    If you failed to appear in court how do you know that it was dismissed?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Behind a Desk

    Default Re: Failure to Appear on a Dismissed Case

    If the document you have indicates that only the warrant was dismissed, then only the warrant was dismissed and you should have appeared in court as ordered.

    I have no access to that document, so I cannot interpret it for you. Show it to a lawyer.

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