Class C Warrants in Texas
If you have an outstanding Class C warrant, it is likely for a relatively minor infraction like a traffic violation or public intoxication that caused no bodily injury or property damage. These warrants are issued based on suspected commission of a Class C misdemeanor.
Despite its relatively minor severity, if you do not respond to a Class C warrant, you may face additional charges and have to contend with an arrest warrant that follows you around. It may show up on a background check and even prevent you from renewing your license.
At Peveto Law, we take these situations seriously. Contact us before making a move on an outstanding warrant. In many cases, we can help limit the immediate and future impact.
Receiving a Class C warrant
In Texas, Class C misdemeanors are the lowest level misdemeanor charge. If you received a ticket for running a stop sign, failing to pay a parking ticket, possessing drug paraphernalia, or one of a number of other minor misdemeanors, it was most likely categorized as Class C. If convicted, these offenses are only punishable by fines; they do not carry a risk of jail time. However, they are still criminal citations and failing to resolve them could lead to some time behind bars.
If you received one of these tickets, you were given two options: pay the fine in full by a given date or appear in court to enter a plea. Many people will just pay the fine by mail and be done with it; this will constitute a guilty plea and a conviction will show up on your record. It it is a driving offence, it will lead to points on your license, as well as potential secondary effects like a jump in insurance rates or trouble finding employment.
What is a class C warrant in Texas?
While the consequences of paying a citation are not good, ignoring the ticket altogether can be worse. If you do not respond, the city issuing the ticket will likely issue a warrant for your arrest based on failure to appear. Even if the original offense seems minor, you could be arrested in without notice, even in front of your children or your employer. Arrest does not need to be immediate; it might be years that the warrant is hanging over your head before the cops make a move at an inconvenient or embarrassing time.
At Peveto Law, we take an aggressive but compassionate approach. We will review the facts of your case and then formulate a strategy to resolve the issue while minimizing harmful results.
Finding your class C warrant in Texas
A problem many clients face is tracking down what department issued a warrant. These could be at the city or county level. For someone who travels a lot or has moved a few times, there could be warrants sprinkled in Dallas, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas. To clear up your warrants, you need to know where they are.
Warrant lookup – Texas search sources
Law enforcement sources offer online search options that will usually show outstanding warrants. For the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Collin County website offers a judicial search of active warrants by name. Dallas County allows search by name, zip code, case number, license plate number, VIN, or even demographic information. Tarrant County warrants can be found on the City of Fort Worth record search. Individual city and municipal courts also have their own look-ups that can be found through online search engines.
The Texas Department of Public Safety offers a statewide search of warrants that have been reported by cities and counties. If you appear on this search, you will not be able to renew your driver license until the warrants are resolved.
What to do if you have an active Class C warrant
There are a few ways you can handle an active warrant. You could wait to be arrested or turn yourself in, but either of these can mean spending time in jail awaiting a hearing. A better option is to speak with a Texas warrants criminal defense attorney. At Peveto Law, we can post an attorney surety bond that can lift the warrant within 24 hours and remove the threat of arrest.
Once a surety bond is in place, we can have the warrant put back on the court docket and respond to it as if it were a fresh ticket. We can often find a resolution that minimizes negative consequences on your record and possibly even having the original ticket dismissed or allowing the record to be expunged.
Active Class C warrants do not need to be a constant worry. Be proactive and contact Peveto Law. We will help you resolve warrants while protecting your rights and fighting for your best outcome. Consultations are free and confidential.
Additional Texas Class C warrants look up resources:
- Dallas County, Dallas County Wanted, https://www.dallascounty.org/dcwantedsearch/search.jsp
- City of Fort Worth, Record Search, https://www.ncourt.com/x-press/x-onlinepayments.aspx?juris=35244751-5EC6-41B2-B4C6-2BD08CF14073
- Texas Department of Public Safety, Search, http://www.texasfailuretoappear.com/search.php