No one wants to deal with a traffic ticket; however, ignoring the ticket will not make it go away. Rather, ignoring the ticket will usually result in an arrest warrant being issued by the court.
When you are issued a traffic ticket, you are required to take action to take care of the ticket by a certain deadline. If you fail to make an initial appear or satisfy a judgment, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest, which authorizes a law enforcement officer to arrest you. There are two types of arrest warrant that can be issued, an alias warrant or a capias warrant, which are discussed below as are your options under each type of warrant.
Besides being subject to arrest, an outstanding warrant may also prohibit you from renewing your driver's license. If you have been contacted or received notice about outstanding traffic tickets or warrants, it is definitely time to take action before you are arrested. If you have questions regarding your warrant in north Texas, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.
When you are issued a traffic ticket, you are asked to sign an acknowledgment that you will appear in court by a specific date. An alias warrant is issued when you fail to make an appearance by the specified date and enter a plea on your citation (such as not guilty, no contest or guilty). This type of warrant can also be issued when you fail to appear on a scheduled court date such as the initial appearance, a pre-trial setting or the actual trial. Like any warrant, you may be arrested if you have an alias warrant and have an encounter with a law enforcement official.
In addition to issuing an alias warrant, the court may also issue a separate citation called a "failure to appear" or a "violate promise to appear" when you fail to make an appearance or if you miss a court date. The court may also add warrant fees to the cost of the original citation and may report the warrant to the Texas Omni System.
The good news is that we can lift or set aside an alias warrant for a modest fee. By posting an attorney bond (also known as an attorney surety bond), our law firm guarantees that the underlying traffic ticket will be disposed of. Other ways to dispose of an alias warrant are to plead guilty to the citation and pay all related fees (which may result in hidden charges from surcharges and insurance increases), hire a traditional bail bondsman (in which case you will have to hire an attorney to handle the underlying traffic citation), post a cash bond (which will cost $300 to $500 dollars depending on the citation - significantly more than our fee for posting a bond) or sit the tickets out in jail.
If you have an alias warrant, contact us for a free consultation on how we can help.
A capias warrant (also called a capias pro fine warrant) is issued after judgment is issued through either a guilty / no-contest plea or a finding of guilt at trial. When you fail to comply with the conditions of the judgment, such as timely payment of your fine, completion of community service hours or showing completion of a required class (such as a defensive driving class, alcohol awareness etc.), the court may issue a capias warrant for your arrest.
If you have a capias warrant, your only options are to pay the outstanding fine, request additional time for compliance or sit out the ticket in jail. Unlike an alias warrant, we cannot issue an attorney bond to lift a capias warrant.
TEXAS WARRANT ROUNDUP
Many cities will conduct periodic warrant roundups throughout the year. When a roundup occurs, anyone with an outstanding Class C warrant who comes into contact with a law enforcement officer is supposed to be arrested and brought before a magistrate. Many courts will also send officers to arrest offenders at home or at work during the roundup.
In addition to periodic roundups, many north Texas cities participating in the “Great Texas Warrant Roundup” in March of each year. The Texas Warrant Roundup is a state-wide effort that focuses on clearing outstanding Class C misdemeanor warrants. Most Class C warrants are from traffic-related offenses; however, all Class C misdemeanors, such as code violations, assault charges and possession type charges are included. During the round up, anyone who encounters a law enforcement officer in a jurisdiction that participates in the round-up is supposed to be arrested. More than 250 law enforcement agencies across Texas participate in the Texas Warrant Roundup, including Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Haltom City, Burleson, Keller, Dallas, Irving, Grand Prairie, Colleyville, Azle, Argyle, Carrolton, Cleburne, Corinth, Denton, Flower Mound, Forest Hills, Pantego and River Oaks.
To avoid being arrested, you must clear up any outstanding warrant prior to the roundup. If you have an outstanding alias warrant in north Texas, contact us for a free consultation on how we can help.