Monday, July 14, 2014

What happens if I (DEFENDANT) do not show up to a TRO to show cause? Will i be arrested?

Q: I do not want to go because I only had 2 days notice to find a lawyer. I got papers monday and court date is weds. Obviously I do not have a lawyer and really want one present and do not want to go alone. Is there a chance of jail? Can i request a continuation?

A: Yes, it's possible a warrant can be put out for your arrest. Please do specify whether your case is in criminal court or Family Court as it makes a big difference in the answer provided.  -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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