How to Check for Warrants in Texas
Perhaps you have not paid your child support, failed to appear in court at a mandatory hearing, or did not pay a DWI fine imposed by a judge. These are just a few reasons the police may issue a warrant for your arrest in Texas. If you suspect such a warrant has been issued, you are vulnerable to having the police pick you up at home at any time, or facing the embarrassment of arrest at work or school.
Types of Warrants
A court issues two types of warrants. The first are arrest warrants, including the more serious Class A and B warrants. Arrest warrants are also issued to those who do not appear to answer for class C misdemeanor charges such as traffic tickets.
The second is a Capias Pro-fine, issued when court-ordered fines are not paid. Generally, when a warrant is issued, it is sent to the address appearing on your ticket. In addition to reasons already noted, arrest warrants are issued when:
- There is no response to the ticket within 11 days.
- A required Driving Safety Course is not completed, and the person has not shown cause.
- The individual failed to comply with a community service order.
- Terms of probation were not followed, resulting in probation revocation.
Online Warrant Search
Perhaps the easiest way to check for warrants is via an online search, and visiting a website such as www.publicrecords.onlinesearches.com. By clicking on “warrants” and choosing Texas, you can search either the entire state or by county.
What NOT to Do When Checking for Warrants
You can head to the county Sheriff’s Office and find out if there is a warrant in your name, but if the answer is affirmative, expect immediate arrest. Even if you phone the Sheriff’s Office rather than appear in person, it is possible law enforcement officials will trace your call, or ask for your location while you are on the phone. Do not lie to the Sheriff’s Office. Expect a prompt visit from law enforcement.
In a best-case scenario, you are let go after posting bail, pending a court date set by the department, but you could also end up in jail. This is why an online search is the wise choice.
Texas Warrant Roundup
The Texas Warrant Roundup is an annual event held in February or March, in which law enforcement agencies statewide search for those with outstanding warrants. While Dallas County, for example, may offer a week-long grace period, unforeseen consequences may occur even if you are just paying a fine. Depending on the charge, you could end up with points on your license, higher insurance premiums, and DMV surcharges. If you are contacted during the Texas Warrant Roundup, do not simply pay the fine but obtain legal counsel as soon as possible.
Contact Peveto Law Office
If you have an arrest warrant in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Collin County, or anywhere else in North Texas you need the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Peveto Law Office. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.
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