The answer is simple: it depends if you are charged with a felony case, you must show up to court even if you have a lawyer. So if you’re charged with any felony case, the court will make you show up, and if you have a lawyer, with your lawyer. There are certain types of misdemeanor cases which will allow your lawyer to show up for you and you don’t have to go to court with them. Contact the lawyer let your lawyer know what you are specifically charged with and then your lawyer will let you know if that crime qualifies for him to go to court without you being present. So make sure you contact a lawyer and get their advice.