A City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving arrest warrant is issued by a judge, giving law enforcement the right to arrest or detain the person the warrant is issued against. Of course, City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving warrants are issued frequently in the case of a serious crime which is believed to have taken place and are also issued when there is sufficient evidence to incriminate a suspect. Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving warrants can also be issued for much less serious offenses. Many people in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving receive traffic tickets for relatively minor traffic offenses on a daily basis, but likely never think of the possibility of those tickets turning into arrest warrants.
Should I be Concerned about a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving Warrant?
The problem arises when, through neglect or simple forgetfulness, the traffic citation is not properly addressed, whether through payment or showing up in a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving court as promised. Should you be one of the hundreds of people in this situation, you may be dismayed to find there is a warrant for your arrest. In the normal course of life, the chances you would be stopped in a routine traffic stop and the discovery made that there was a warrant with your name on are fairly slim. However, the time for the Great Texas Warrant Roundup is upon us, and Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving are just a few of the over 200 jurisdictions participating.
Even red light camera tickets which you may have received in the mail can result in a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving arrest warrant should you have neglected to pay the fine or appear before a judge. If you have experienced any of these traffic issues in the past you may not only have a warrant with your name on it but a Failure to Appear charge as well—remember that these are separate issues. Even if you simply allowed your parking tickets to stack up, intending to pay them at some point, you can find yourself in the embarrassing position of being arrested. While your original offense was very minor, you should always take a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant for your arrest very seriously.
Once a City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant search has been instigated, the police are allowed to come to your home, your place of employment, your school, or may catch you while you are driving, running errands or going to pick up your children from school. Obviously it can be a highly stressful event to be arrested while you are working, with co-workers and even your boss looking on. Of course avoiding the negative impact an arrest would bring is your main concern right now and to do so you should definitely speak with an experienced Bobbitt Law attorney who can post a bond on your behalf and effectively remove this threat.
What is an Alias Warrant?
If you entered no plea on your traffic citation, then failed to appear before the judge as promised, it is likely an alias warrant will be issued for your arrest. Generally speaking, citations for minor traffic offenses including running a red light or stop sign, speeding, or failing to have a current registration or inspection sticker fall under Texas Class C misdemeanors. When you neglect such a citation whether through failure to pay or to appear, you may then be charged with a Failure to appear and a City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant will be issued for your arrest. Don’t forget you have rights even if an alias warrant has been issued for you. Our knowledgeable attorneys are ready to ensure those rights are fully protected and that you will not suffer the fallout from your initial traffic ticket.
What is a Capias Warrant?
Capias warrants are issued when you have already received a conviction for a misdemeanor offense and were supposed to appear in court but did not. They may also be issued when a person declines to provide necessary testimony in an ongoing criminal case, or when money is owed to a third party. If your attorney successfully posted a City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving traffic bond on your behalf, then you agreed to appear in court once you received notice of your new court date. If you fail to show up at that court date or comply with any court-ordered conditions, a capias warrant could be issued for your arrest. You are running out of viable options as this point, and simply digging a deeper legal hole for yourself. Your choices are coming down to paying your fines or going to jail, since the ultimate goal of a capias warrant is to force people to comply with a judge’s orders.
The Great Texas Warrant Roundup
Texas is entering its sixth year of the Great Texas Warrant Roundup, and the goal of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving law enforcement is to ensure that all traffic ticketp which have been neglected—resulting in warrants—are properly resolved. Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving and surrounding areas take these arrest warrants quite seriously, and though you will have a grace period of a couple of weeks prior to the more serious enforcement period, if you suspect there is a warrant for your arrest you should address the issue immediately. Don’t face a City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant by yourself. The attorneys at Bobbitt Law have a wealth of experience in this area and are both professional and compassionate in helping you resolve your warrant and the initial traffic ticket. Your future depends on a successful outcome, so don’t leave it to chance.
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