Contact in Spain
Spain: +34 932 20 44 40
UK: 0800 098 8033
US: +1 415 651 8449

Missed Court date in Spain

A common occurrence in Spain is that a non-resident who has been arrested in Spain and then freed on remand, misses a court date. Normally this is because of problems relating to communicating the court dates to defendants who live abroad, difficulties in travelling to Spain to appear in the court proceedings etc. In those cases the non-resident often does not know what to do upon his return to Spain. There is also the ever-present fear that if they did happen to return what would be the consequences of having missed a court date in Spain.

In a situation like this it is always very useful to contact a lawyer with expertise in criminal law who can handle the situation. Basically when a non-resident misses a court date there can be two situations as a result: either that the court has issued an arrest warrant against the non-resident to imprison him until the trial or – if he was only accused of a minor crime – that the trial has taken place in his absence, with the non-resident being sentenced without having taken part in the trial.

Missed Court date in Spain

Missed Court date in Spain

In both situations it is obvious that the best thing is to contact a lawyer who can resolve the situation by requesting that the Court lift the arrest warrant – if one was issued – or organising a postponement of the court date if it has not taken place yet. The lawyer can also file a petition for an invalidation of the trial if it took already place and the non-resident was not notified, make an appeal etc.

It is very important to mention that only serious professional lawyers with long expertise in criminal law are normally able to resolve these situations successfully. A wrong decision in this matter can have very serious results for the non-resident.

You may be interested in the following service...

Client testimonials

"Our lawyer from Advocate Abroad delivered a great service - very professional! I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone looking for a good lawyer."

Andrew Bale (Jul 17, 2020)

Arrest Warrant Check

Available in the following locations: Alcoy, Arrecife, Barcelona, Benidorm, Castellon, El Campello, Estepona, Fuengirola, Gandia, Granada, Jaen, L`Eliana, La Manga del Mar Menor, Las Palmas, Los Alcázares, Los Cristianos, Madrid, Mazarron, Murcia, Orihuela Costa, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Puerto del Rosario, Puzol, Seville, Torrevieja, Valencia, Vera.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.


1Who is this Service for?

You may be concerned that a previous incident – which often occurred several years ago – may have left you vulnerable to arrest, if travelling to that particular country again.

Great distress can follow if an arrest takes place at an airport, causing significant inconvenience and embarrassment if travelling for work or family related reasons.

Advocate abroad has assisted many clients in this position, even those who may not remember their file number, nor the court that sentenced them.

We investigate the legal proceedings that took place and provide a court bank account number for payment of any outstanding fines or penalties so you can travel to the country freely and without being worried about potential detention by the border police.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation to determine the specifics of the original incident
  • Forwarding of a power of attorney for legalisation in your country (if required)
  • Checking with local courts and/or police authorities to confirm if arrest warrant issued or if matter is lapsed and travel is safe.
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Why choose Advocate Abroad? Message
Established more than
10 years ago
Present in 20
European Countries
Over 30,000 client enquiries
successfully managed