Dallas County Traffic Attorney Answers Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions about Traffic Warrants

At some point in your driving career,  you will most likely receive a traffic ticket. Traffic tickets can be more than just a mere annoyance. If left unpaid, they can turn into a traffic warrant. This means, that you can be pulled over and arrested for failing to timely pay your fine. If you have unpaid traffic tickets or believe that a warrant may have been issued for your arrest, then you need to talk with an attorney as soon as possible. In the meantime, the following are some of the most commonly asked questions Dallas County residents have about traffic warrants:

Is there more than one type of traffic warrant?

Traffics warrants are of two types. An “alias” warrant is issued after a person fails to:

(a)    pay the traffic fine; or

(b)   appear in court on the date scheduled on the traffic ticket; or

(c)    appear in court for trial on the traffic ticket.

If a person appears in court and pleads “no contest” or is found guilty and then fails to pay or follow through with the court’s conditions, then a “capias” warrant will be issued.

When will a warrant be issued for an unpaid traffic ticket?

The simple answer to this question is it depends on which city issued the traffic ticket. There is not one set policy within Dallas County, so the amount of time can and does vary from city to city. For example, if a person receives a traffic ticket in the City of Dallas and he or she does not pay the ticket or take any legal action, an alias warrant will be issued for his or her arrest after 21 days. The 21st day being the day the hearing is set.

Why should I hire an attorney for a traffic warrant?  

For some types of cases, like a divorce or a DWI, people automatically think to hire an attorney to represent them in court. With traffic matters people often just pay the fine, which results in a conviction on their driving record and is likely to increase their car insurance rates. Unfortunately, many people are simply not aware of how an experienced attorney can help with a traffic matter. For instance, if an alias warrant has been issued for a person’s arrest, an attorney can post a bond on the client’s behalf. Often hiring an attorney is less expensive than if the person did not have an attorney and had to post a cash bond themselves. Once the bond is paid, the attorney will attempt to have the charges dismissed or if that is not possible, at least try to keep the citation off the person’s driving record.

What will happen if I do nothing?

Once a warrant has been issued, the waiting game begins. At any time you can be arrested. This could happen while you are driving, at home, or even at work. Once arrested, if you are unable to pay the fine, you will most likely go to jail. The State may also decide to file criminal charges against you for failure to appear.

If you have unpaid traffic tickets in Dallas County and believe that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you do not want to delay matters any longer. With more than 30 years of experience, Dallas County Traffic Attorney Jack Pettit can help. Simply paying the fine can damage your driving record, which can raise your car insurance rates. To find out how attorney Jack Pettit can help you with your traffic matter, all you have to do is schedule an appointment by calling (214) 521-4567. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Dallas, across from the courthouse. We provide services to clients in both English and Spanish. Major credit cards are accepted as well.

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