§ 33.041  FAILURE TO APPEAR, PENALTY, BOND FORFEITURE, BENCH WARRANT.
   (A)   Any person charged with an offense against the ordinances of the city, or any person duly served with a summons or traffic citation shall appear personally in Court on the time directed on the citation or summons, or as directed by the Judge.  The failure to appear as required herein shall constitute a separate offense, and upon conviction shall be punished as provided in § 10.99 of this code.
   (B)   If, without sufficient excuse, a defendant fails to appear according to the terms or conditions of his or her bond either for hearing, arraignment, trial, or judgment, or upon any other occasion when his or her presence in Court of before the Judge may be lawfully required or ordered, the Judge may direct that fact to be entered upon the Court minutes thereby declaring the bond to be forfeited.  The Judge may also order a bench warrant to be issued for the defendant as provided in this chapter.
   (C)   No person having signed a complaint in the Municipal Court of the city alleging the violation of an ordinance, or any other person in response to an order of the Court shall fail, refuse, or neglect to appear for the purpose of testifying as a witness at the trial of the case after having been notified of the time, date, and place at which the case is set for hearing.  The failure of the complainant of witness to appear without sufficient excuse shall constitute an offense punishable as provided in § 10.99 of this code.  The Judge may issue a warrant for arrest of the complainant or witness.
(Ord. 1663, passed 12-18-01)