§62-2-23. Prosecutions against corporations; effect of failure of
corporation to appear.
On any indictment or presentment against a corporation, if a
summons be served according to the provisions of sections thirteen
or fourteen, article three, chapter fifty-six of this code, and the
defendant fail to appear, the court may proceed to trial and
judgment without further process, as if the defendant had appeared
and pleaded not guilty. And where, in any such case, the
publication of a copy of the process is required according to said
section, the expense of such publication may be certified by the
court to the auditor, and shall be paid out of the treasury of the
state; but the same shall be taxed with other costs, and collected
from the defendant, if judgment be for the state, and be paid into
the treasury of the state by the officer collecting the same.