Showing Up For Court
It is mandatory that you appear for all hearings set in your criminal case. If you do not appear at hearings your case will take longer and be more expensive for you to resolve. Should you fail to appear for a scheduled hearing the following things may happen:
- The judge may issue a warrant for your arrest.
- When you are arrested you may be booked into jail.
- You may be required to post bail and/or appear before a Judge before you are released from jail.
- The judge may decide to increase your bail and/or keep you in jail until your case goes to trial or is otherwise resolved. If you post bail and fail to appear at a future hearing, the judge can order that your bail money be kept by the court and it will not be returned to you at the conclusion of your case.
Criminal Warrant Options
Warrant Recall Hearing
There is no upfront fee for this service; however, be advised that you may be charged a $100 warrant fee when your fines are imposed. These hearings cannot be scheduled over the telephone. You must come in to the court in person to request a warrant recall hearing, you will be scheduled for the next available hearing date.
Generally, this is a cash or bond bail. Your warrant will be recalled after cash bail or bond is received, and your missed hearing will be rescheduled. If the bonding company will be delivering or mailing the bond to the court, please make sure you contact the court at 253.835.3000 to verify your address is current. Once the bail is posted, a hearing date will be mailed to you.
Turn Yourself in to the Police Department
You can go to the Federal Way Police Department, located on the first floor of City Hall. The Police Department will take you into custody. Your hearing date is generally scheduled for the next working day.