Getting charged with a traffic violation can be really bothersome. Instead of doing something productive, you'll have to appear before a traffic court judge and plead your case. But it can even be worse when you miss your court date. In general, the court only recognizes three valid reasons for missing a court date. One is if you'd been incarcerated before your scheduled trial. Another is when you're called to military duty. The court also considers medical emergencies or hospitalization. Excuses like "it slipped my mind", "I had to work" or "I was out of town" are definitely not acceptable. So what should you do when you miss your court date for a traffic violation? First, let's look at what punishments you can expect after missing your court date. What Happens When You Miss