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What kind of trouble am I facing for not appearing in court if my attorney says I don’t have to and the judge says I do?

I am partially through my trial and we have come to a court date where my acting attorney said I would not be needed in court that day and they would take my place, acting on my behalf. I naturally assumed they knew what they were talking about. However, I have papers signed by the judge stating I need to attend every court hearing for my trial.

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    Clifton Baker | Baker Wyers Law, PLLC
    8301 E. 51st St., Suite 228
    Tulsa, OK 74155-0585
    (918) 582-6550
    Always show up in a criminal proceeding unless the Judge tells you directly you don't need to attend. There are some rare occasions when you do not have to attend.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma - Replied: 4/21/2013
    Satveer S. Chaudhary | Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC
    5010 Flour Exchange Building
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    (612) 206-3721
    I advise to take the safe route and attend every court date. There are some initial hearings that you may not need to attend, but in general the court wants you there. Lack of attendance may require permission and/or a waiver of your rights. For an actual trial you must attend at all times. For lower level crimes you can waive attendance of a sentencing hearing. Perhaps there was a miscommunication and you should clarify with you attorney what you understood, and what he actually meant.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 4/9/2013
    Francis Springer | Springer Law Office, PLLC
    1042 Gluckstadt Road, Ste C
    Madison, MS 39110
    (601) 605-5004
    If you think you should be there, be there. Your attorney should not mind if you show up, even if he/she is doing you a favor by standing in. It is much better to go on your own than find that the judge has sent the sheriff to pick you up for not being there.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi - Replied: 4/9/2013
    Michael Prephan Jr. | Michael Prephan Jr.
    105 Louisiana Ave.
    Toledo, OH 43551
    (419) 874-2261
    Believe what your lawyer tells you. If you can't trust him, find another one.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio - Replied: 4/8/2013
    Maury Beaulier | Beaulier Law Office
    5775 Wayzata Blvd # 700
    Minneapolis, MN 55416
    (612) 240-8005
    It is impossible to advise you without seeing the documents you refer to. However, generally, so long as your counsel appears, the Court will not hold it against you if you were advised not to appear. The hearing would likely be reset.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 4/8/2013
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