Does a defendant in a criminal misdemeanor trial have to appear for the announcement? | LegaMart

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QuestionMar 31, 2021 - 15:23

Does a defendant in a criminal misdemeanor trial have to appear for the announcement?

I noticed that for speeding tickets and class C misdemeanors in Texas, the court will schedule an announcement repeatedly. If a defendant appears before the court for the announcement and announces ready for trial, the court will then set another announcement for a month away. And the process will sometimes repeat itself month after month for years. What would happen if the defendant doesn't show up? Would the court just take it as a default announcement of 'ready for trial' or would it issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant?

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