Detroit, MI asked in Criminal Law for Michigan

Q: What if I called the court on the 30th to ask him if I can go ahead and do zoom on the 31st for my court date

I called the court on the 30th for a drug paraphernalia charge cuz I got caught with a pipe that was a weed pipe but it had never been used so I called and asked him if I can go ahead and proceed with zoom for the 31st court date because I was starting a new job and the lady told me she didn't believe so but to call back in the morning the day of my court date so I did which was the 31st and she proceeded to tell me that my court date was the 30th she don't know who I talked to but she was acting kind of happy about it and said well I'll just go ahead and make you a new court date instead of saying no you missed court you have a warrant for your arrest it seemed like she already knew that she made the mistake can that be a mistrial

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Not likely. First, court staff are not the judge. You are responsible for complying with orders to appear unless excused by the judge.

It sounds like the court isn't treating it as a big deal now, but you do need to arrange to appear and make sure you are present going forward. Typically, requests to appear by zoom need to be made well ahead of time, and approved by the judge.

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