Criminal Division (Criminal Courts Building)
212 W. Elm Street, Graham, NC  27253
phone: (336) 570-5202, fax: (336) 570-5343

If you would like to check on a criminal or traffic court date you may call (336) 570-5202 or visit the Criminal Division at the Criminal Courts Building located 212 W. Elm Street, Graham, NC.


A continuance may only be requested in open court on your court date.  This means you or your attorney must personally appear in court on your court date and request a continuance.

You cannot call and request a continuance or request a continuance by mail.  You must personally appear in court and make your motion for a continuance.  There is also no guarantee that a continuance will be granted by the Court.

**  If you are charged with a waivable traffic offense for which your appearance is not required, you may contact the Clerk’s Office to obtain a continuance in that case.  This only applies to waivable offenses.

What if I missed my court date?

If you have missed your court date by more than twenty (20) days, a late fee of $200.00 will be added to the fine and court costs.  Additionally, the Division of Motor Vehicles will start the process to suspend your driver’s license.

If your personal court appearance was required and you failed to appear on your court date, the court will issue an Order for Arrest.  You may also be required to post a bond to ensure your appearance in court at a later date.

To be placed on the failure to appear docket, please come into the Clerk’s office at or before 8:000 AM on that day. This docket is limited and cases are added to it on a first come-first serve basis.  Please understand that if any Order for Arrest has been issued in your case, being placed on the “Failure to Appear” Docket will not stop that Order for Arrest.