Traffic Ticket Warrants in Texas
If you have received a traffic ticket warrant in Texas, you may have a lot of questions. How will it affect your record? How much will you need to pay? Will it affect your job applications or insurance rates? The answer to these questions depends on how upon how you respond to the warrant.
At Peveto Law, we understand how a Texas traffic ticket warrant can impact you today and in the future. We are here to provide the advice and aggressive representation you need to protect your rights.
How is traffic ticket warrant issued?
A Texas court typically issues a warrant after someone misses a scheduled court appearance. The rules vary by city and state, but in most parts of Texas, you have a grace period of roughly ten days in which to contact the court and arrange to respond to your outstanding traffic ticket.
If a defendant does not appear in court and all the documentation is complete, the judge may issue an arrest warrant. Depending on the jurisdiction, this can happen quickly, in as little as 14 days after the traffic ticket was issued.
Responding to a Texas traffic ticket warrant
When facing a traffic warrant, there is more than one way to resolve it. However, making the wrong choice in responding can disrupt your future. Other options can minimize or even eliminate the impact. Some of the options include:
- Accepting the punishment without a fight. There are many times in life when simply accepting the consequences is the responsible and most beneficial thing to do. However, there is much to lose when dealing with a traffic warrant. You could simply surrender and serve jail time or pay off the warrant, but these options leave you with a conviction or guilty plea on your record, leading to decreased job and school opportunities, higher insurance premiums, and severe fines and penalties.
- Post a bond. You can post a bond at the courthouse and request a new court date. This requires posting the full amount of the fine up-front, which may be cost-prohibitive. Of course, once the new court date is set, you will still need to appear and respond to the charges and the outcome of that will also affect your record. Unfortunately, the prosecutor may not negotiate very generously when the court already has your money, and if you fail to appear then, you will lose the deposit and also have another warrant issued.
- Retain a lawyer to post a surety bond and place the case back on the court docket. Rather than post a deposit personally, you can increase the flexibility of your options by hiring an attorney to post a bond for you. This can cost less up-front while putting your own advocate in the driver’s seat. Your attorney may be able to resolve the warrant with minimal impact. He may be able to eliminate reported violations to keep your record clear, minimize fines or jail time, and in some cases even have the charges dismissed entirely.
Why a lawyer is beneficial for resolving an unpaid traffic ticket warrant
Arrest warrants cause unnecessary stress because they lead to uncertainty. You could be having dinner with your family, staying busy at work, or even coaching a t-ball game when an active warrant catches up with you and you are arrested.
As already discussed, there are many ways to resolve a warrant, but the most advantageous is to hire an attorney to post a bond and handle negotiations. These are not the only benefits, though. When you hire a lawyer, you can proceed through the justice system with confidence instead of blindly. At Peveto Law, we provide you knowledge of the proceedings and your options so that you can be an informed participant instead of a victim of the system.
Do traffic ticket warrants show up on background checks?
The long-term impact of traffic ticket warrants in Texas can be far more drastic than the fine that you may need to pay at the time of resolution. They may show up to haunt you when you apply for jobs, scholarships, license renewal, and auto insurance.
Whether a warrant for a traffic ticket will appear on a background check depends on a few factors. Your ticket may be issued by a municipality, county or the state, and whether the warrant is reported may depend on the issuing entity’s protocol. Reporting can also depend on the level of background check involved. For example, if you are applying for a job that requires driving on duty, it is more likely that the check will involve DMV records where the warrant may show up. Your traffic ticket warrant lawyer can help you determine where you may have outstanding warrants and whether they will show up in places that will impact you.
If you have reason to believe you may have an outstanding traffic ticket warrant in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, do not take the chance that it could turn up to harm you at an inconvenient time. Speak with a Texas warrants attorney at Peveto Law to get ahead of it. We work to resolve warrants in the way most advantageous to you. Schedule a free and confidential consultation as soon as possible.
Additional Texas traffic warrant resources:
- Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol Citation Search, https://www.dps.texas.gov/HighwayPatrol/Citations/
- Tarrant County, Texas, Active Warrants, http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/justice-of-the-peace-courts/justice-1/misdemeanor-cases/active-warrants.html