By now you may have heard of the Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant roundup which is coming up soon. The state of Texas conducts their Great Texas Warrant Roundup each year about this time with some 200 jurisdictions taking part. Although there is a grace period of a couple of weeks before the more serious enforcement phase kicks in, it is important that you take appropriate actions soon. Understand the advantages of posting a bond in Texas with our qualified attorneys at the Bobbitt Law Offices.
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The theory behind the Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving warrant roundup is that all those with outstanding warrants which have been issued because of an unpaid ticket or missed court date will have the opportunity to come into the court, pay their fines, and lift the threat of arrest. During the grace period, officials will be notifying those with warrants via telephone, mail or notices left on front doors. Once the enforcement phase rolls around, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving law enforcement officials will be actively seeking those with warrants with a goal of making an arrest.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
Some people have the erroneous belief that if they don’t get caught for their unpaid traffic tickets within a two year period they are free from the threat of prosecution. Don’t believe this! While it’s true that any misdemeanor offense which was committed after September 1, 2009 in which a complaint was not filed may render you free and clear, it is highly uncommon that a complaint would not have been filed. A “complaint” is essentially a formal sworn document which occurs following the officer’s citation. The complaint can be filed up until the last day of the two-year period, so don’t make the mistake of believing those tickets or court date you let go by have passed the statute of limitations.
Complaints are filed in nearly every case where a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving traffic ticket was received or a court date set. If you forgot or neglected to pay your fines or you did not appear in court as promised, there very well could be a City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant for your arrest. If you are uncertain whether your name is on the warrant roundup list or not, you can either look at the list online, or you could seek the services of a Bobbitt Law attorney who will discreetly determine the status of your traffic ticket. Following that determination, our attorneys will post a bond on your behalf, effectively lifting the threat of an arrest.
What is a Texas Class C Misdemeanor?
If you believe your name may be on the list for the Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant roundup, then it is likely you committed a misdemeanor of the Class C variety. Perhaps you received a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving speeding ticket, or were ticketed for running a stop sign or red light. Red light camera tickets qualify as Class C misdemeanors as do simple parking tickets. Maybe you simply neglected to renew your inspection or registration ticket and were stopped by a Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving police officer and given a ticket.
Once you sign the bottom of your ticket—no matter what the offense was—you have agreed to either mail in your fee or appear before a judge. If you failed to make your appearance in court or let too much time pass before you paid your fines, then you may also have been cited with Failure to Appear. Following your Failure to Appear citation, the judge then issued a warrant for your arrest. Remember that the two are separate issues and that having a highly experienced Bobbitt Law attorney on your side can make the resolution of this issue less stressful, leaving you with a more favorable outcome.
The Advantages of Posting a Bond
Having an attorney post a bond on your behalf once you become aware of a warrant hanging over your head is very advantageous. Posting a bond immediately removes the threat of being arrested. You avoid any possibility of law enforcement showing up at your place of employment, your home or your school and snapping handcuffs on your wrists, leading you out in front of co-workers, family members or even your boss. Such an arrest can lead to further repercussions in your future and is frightening, anxiety-inducing and embarrassing at a minimum. Even though the initial “offense” was nothing more than a minor traffic ticket, your boss may not be compassionate when you are placed under arrest—and you could even face losing your job. By speaking to a highly qualified Bobbitt Law attorney and letting them post a bond on your behalf, you have taken the first very important step in avoiding a devastating arrest and resolving the entire matter.
How to Avoid a Conviction on Your Driving Record
Most of us don’t really understand that by paying our traffic fines we suddenly end up with a conviction on our driving record—for a criminal offense no less. When you mail in your money it is essentially the same as pleading guilty and being convicted of the offense you have been charged with. If you are under threat of a City of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving arrest warrant, and you are intimidated into running down to the courthouse and paying your fines, once again your driving record will reflect a conviction. The majority of minor Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving traffic violations fall under the umbrella of Class C misdemeanors, and even though they are considered relatively minor, they are nonetheless considered criminal. Every conviction placed on your record results in a specific number of points, depending on the offense. The initial intention of the point system was to allow the state of Texas to effectively follow drivers with less-than-stellar driving records and sanction them, usually in the form of a license suspension. Texas now uses the point system as a highly effective source of revenue generation.
The point system implemented by Texas now not only follows and tracks your citations and accidents it can also bring surcharges based on the number of points. You will be responsible for paying fairly large assessments each year for three years due to the points you have accrued on your record. What this means is that the number of points which might have once resulted in a temporary license suspension and increase in insurance rates—which is bad enough—can now also result in a three year financial disaster. There are a couple of traffic violations which will not add points to your license; the first is a seat belt violation which does not relate to a child safety seat or a speeding ticket which was issued for any speed less than 10% over the posted limit.
Your Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving driving record can, unfortunately, rack up the number of points Texas requires to start charging you surcharges, in a fairly short order. Six small points garnered within a three-year period can push you over the limit and cause the surcharges to start adding up. Moving violations will add two points to your record while a moving violation which results in an accident will add three. Allowing a Bobbitt Law attorney to post a bond for you, then work out a reasonable solution to your warrant and underlying traffic ticket can be the most expeditious and least expensive manner of solving the entire issue.
How You Can Avoid Texas Surcharges and Increased Insurance Premiums
You could end up spending hundreds to thousands of dollars in surcharges simply due to the points accruing on your license from traffic offense convictions. Assuming you are able to successfully pay your fines, the fees and surcharges, the next issue you face could be insurance rates which rise dramatically because of the points on your license. The best case scenario will be that your insurance company raises your rates 20% or more, while the worst-case will be they drop you completely, declaring you a high risk driver. Should you be dropped, it becomes difficult—if not impossible—to find an insurance company willing to insure you and if you do find one you will certainly pay for the privilege.
Your New Court Date
If you hire a Bobbitt Law attorney for your warrant and underlying tickets, a bond will be posted on your behalf and the warrant for your arrest will immediately be suspended. Your initial Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving traffic ticket or tickets will return to the judge’s docket, and you will be issued a new court date. Appearing before the judge with an experienced attorney by your side gives you a definite advantage and the likelihood of a more favorable outcome. Your attorney may negotiate a plea bargain in order to prevent your traffic ticket from turning into a conviction. Bobbitt Law attorneys have a solid background in these matters and can post your bond quickly allowing you the opportunity to challenge the initial traffic ticket. During the Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington or Irving warrant roundup, don’t let the media hype scare you into paying your fines to escape your arrest warrant. Call a professional, compassionate Bobbitt Law attorney who can more fully assess your individual case and determine the course which will result in the best outcome for you and your future.
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