How Serious Are Texas Traffic Ticket Warrants?

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Have you received a traffic ticket in the Fort Worth / Dallas metroplex?  If yes, you must be mindful of the appearance date on the ticket – either a specific date or a certain number of days after the date of the stop.  An appearance date is the date when you must make a personal appearance.  If you do not appear in court, the judge could issue a traffic ticket warrant for your arrest along with a subsequent offense called a failure to appear.

When that happens, the fines usually increase, and you are subject to arrest at home, work, or anywhere the police can find you. A warrant for your arrest is serious, but you can avoid this problem by working with our Dallas traffic ticket warrant attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, LLP.

Which Traffic Violations Can Lead To A Warrant?

Even a minor traffic violation in Texas can result in a warrant if you do not timely handle the ticket. Some of the most common violations that can result in a warrant are:

  • Speeding
  • No Driver’s License
  • Driving with an Expired or Suspended License
  • Expired Registration
  • No Insurance (Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility) 
  • Running a Red Light
  • Disregard Traffic Control Device
  • Following Too Closely
  • Not Signaling a Lane Change
  • Failure to Maintain a Single Lane
  • No Seatbelt
  • Failure to Control Speed

How Bad Are Texas Warrants?

You can be arrested anywhere in the State of Texas if there is a warrant for your arrest. Law enforcement can show up at your home or work, put you in handcuffs, and take you to jail. Imagine the embarrassment of being arrested in front of your spouse, children, or co-workers! This can happen if you ignore a traffic ticket and do not call a criminal defense attorney, such as our traffic ticket attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, LLP.

You could also be charged with another warrant called a Failure To Appear or Violate Promise To Appear.  Most drivers are not aware of this type of warrant.  They think they only have one warrant, and then they learn that they actually have two warrants.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Contact Anderson & Anderson, LLP as soon as you receive a citation.

In addition to issuing a warrant, the court may place an OMNI HOLD on your driver’s license which means that you cannot renew your driver’s license.  If this happens, you must now deal with the warrant and pay the OMNI hold fee to the court.  The OMNI HOLD can only be paid after the warrant is lifted.

Every spring, some 300 law enforcement agencies throughout Texas participate in the Texas Warrant Roundup.  This is a comprehensive law enforcement effort to arrest people for not appearing in court for traffic tickets. If you have an outstanding ticket, acting before you are arrested is critical. For immediate assistance with your ticket or warrant, the traffic warrant attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, LLP are only a phone call away – (214) 370-8260. We can save you money and help prevent a conviction that could adversely affect your driving record. 

Remember that once there is a warrant for your arrest, it is difficult, time consuming, and expensive to handle on your own (pro se).  The best and most expeditious way to handle an arrest warrant is to hire our traffic ticket attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, LLP. Our attorneys will work to have the warrant lifted.  We will appear in court on your behalf to 1) help you keep your driving record clear of the offense and 2) try for a reduction in court fees.

Speak To Our Dallas Traffic Ticket Warrant Attorneys Today

If you have a traffic ticket warrant, time is of the essence in addressing this serious matter before possibly being arrested.  Speak to our Dallas traffic ticket warrant attorneys at Anderson & Anderson now at (214) 370-8260. Our traffic ticket warrant attorneys have provided smart legal strategies and counsel to Dallas clients for over 20 years. We will provide the most vigorous defense and fight for the best outcome for your case. 

What Traffic Violations Can Result In A Traffic Ticket Warrant In Texas?

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Suppose you are driving in Dallas near Six Flags Over Texas or the Dallas Zoo, and you receive a traffic ticket. Most people think that this is not a big deal; however, if you forget to contact the Court prior to your appearance date, a warrant could be issued for your arrest.  The appearance date is cited on your ticket. The appearance date is either a specific date and time or a certain number of days after the stop. Contact the Dallas traffic ticket warrant attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, LLP for more information.

Class C Misdemeanors And Fine-Only Misdemeanors

The most common traffic offenses that can lead to the issuance of a traffic warrant are Class C Misdemeanors that are punishable by a fine. However, if you miss your appearance date and you allow your ticket to go into warrant status, you face not only increased fees but also the possibility of being jailed.

Traffic Offenses

The most common Class C Misdemeanor violations are running a red light, failure to yield, and speeding. According to the Texas Transportation Code, these are moving violations.  If you are convicted of a moving violation, the Texas Department of Public Safety could issue two points on your driving record.

Other Class C Misdemeanors

Most people do not realize that Class C Misdemeanors also include non-traffic violations, such as public intoxication, theft of less than $100, disorderly conduct, minor possession of alcohol, and assault without injury. While these are non-moving violations, you can still get arrested for an outstanding warrant if you do not properly handle the issue prior to your appearance date, such as setting the case for Court, etc.

City Ordinance Violations

Many people do not realize that non-compliance with a city code can lead to the issuance of a ticket.  Some common city code violations include waste disposal, health and safety ordinances, panhandling, solicitation, etc.  Noise pollution, high grass/weeds, and litter are also considered city code violations. If you are cited for any of these offenses and you do not resolve the matter prior to your appearance date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

Although the above examples are for offenses that are punishable by fine only, they can result in an arrest if not properly and timely handled.

One exception to these Class C Misdemeanor cases is a Class C Assault with an allegation of Family Violence. Please contact our law office to speak with our attorneys about your rights and possible consequences of receiving a conviction. ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP will work with you to get you the best possible disposition.

What Are the Two Types of Warrants

ALIAS WARRANT: An alias warrant is issued when you fail to address your case prior to your appearance date or if you set your case for Court and fail to appear in Court. You could be arrested and find yourself in a situation that is both embarrassing and inconvenient.  You could face increased court fees and fines. If you miss your appearance date and an alias warrant has been issued for your arrest, please contact our Dallas traffic ticket warrant attorneys at ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP.

CAPIAS WARRANT:  This type of warrant is issued when you do not comply with the plea agreement that you signed with the Court.  Not only is a warrant issued for your arrest, but a previous judgment of guilty has been entered, and court fees and fines have probably increased. And to make matters worse, there is no expiration date on a Capias warrant.  Paying the fine in full is the only way to have a Capias warrant lifted to avoid possible arrest. If you need information on how to do this, contact our traffic ticket attorneys at ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP. We will provide you with court name, ticket number, and amount owed.

If your case has gone into warrant status,

You may be stopped any time anywhere – at your home, place of employment, or while driving;
Your warrant remains active until you resolve the issue;
You could be subject to non-renewal of your Texas driver’s license;
If you are a non-resident, your driver’s license could be suspended in your home state.

To avoid the embarrassment of arrest, contact the traffic ticket attorneys at ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP.

Don’t Resolve Your Outstanding Ticket By Getting Arrested

Do not find yourself in the position of possibly being arrested for ignoring a ticket.  When you receive a ticket, contact our office immediately, and we will help you save time and money. More importantly, we will help ensure that your case is properly handled. Some people are nervous when they have an unpaid ticket. They mistakenly think that if they ignore the matter, it will go away. It will not.

Do not get arrested. It is much better to handle your outstanding matter prior to being arrested. If arrested, you must pay a bond for the full amount to be released from jail. Also, there will be additional court fees, warrant fees, and collection fees. And do not forget that your car could be impounded.

Avoid this hassle and call the traffic ticket attorneys at ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP.

How To Avoid Jail Time After A Traffic Warrant

Avoid the fear and worry of possibly getting arrested.  Avoid a situation that might be both embarrassing and inconvenient.  Avoid the hassle of trying to resolve these issues on your own.  Avoid jail time by contacting immediately the traffic ticket attorneys at ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP.  We have the experience and knowledge to help you.

As soon as you receive a citation, call the Dallas traffic ticket attorneys at ANDERSON & ANDERSON, LLP.  If you face an arrest warrant in Dallas for unpaid tickets, do not delay another moment.

Contact Our Dallas Traffic Ticket Warrant Lawyers Now

If you get a Dallas traffic ticket near the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Klyde Warren Park, or any location in the City of Dallas, you are possibly facing high fine costs, points on your license, and even jail time. Don’t fight the ticket alone.  At Anderson & Anderson, LLP, we have been successful in fighting traffic tickets not only in Dallas county, but also in Collin, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, and Tarrant counties.  Contact our Dallas traffic defense attorneys at (214) 370-8260.