Five Reasons Not to Ignore Dallas Traffic Tickets

Sometimes, it can be tempting to ignore life’s little annoyances in the hopes that if you ignore them for a long enough period of time, they will go away. Traffic tickets certainly fall into the category of things that are considered highly aggravating because it takes time, money, or both to deal with them – and, time and money are things that are in short supply for many people. Unfortunately, just as with other types of everyday annoyances that do not disappear when they are ignored, that traffic ticket isn’t going anywhere until you take some form of action to address it.   Here are five reasons why you do not want to ignore Dallas traffic tickets, or any other traffic tickets for that matter:

  1. A warrant could be issued for your arrest. When you get a traffic ticket, you can choose to pay the ticket and plead guilty or no contest; or you can choose to contest it and plead not guilty. Ignoring the ticket is not a viable option because if you do not send in a payment or a plea for the ticket and you fail to attend the hearing where you could contest the ticket, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
  2. You could go to jail. If you have an outstanding Failure to Appear warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket that was issued in Dallas or anywhere else in Texas, you run the risk of being arrested every time you get behind the wheel. As long as that warrant is outstanding, in the event that you are stopped for any type of traffic violation, you may be arrested at once and taken to jail.
  3. You could end up paying even more than the amount of your initial ticket. If you do not send timely payment in for a traffic ticket and you then fail to appear in court for the hearing, Failure to Appear fines may be added to the amount of the original ticket. Avoid incurring additional costs by making a decision about whether or not to contest your traffic ticket within a few days of receiving it. Whichever way you choose to proceed, make a note on your calendar about when to send in your payment or when to contact an attorney to discuss contesting the ticket.
  4. Your driver’s license could be suspended. If you accumulate four traffic tickets within one year, or seven traffic tickets within a period of two years, your driver’s license could be suspended or revoked.
  5. You may end up paying a fine for a ticket that you could have gotten dismissed. In some cases, non – commercial drivers who get a traffic ticket in Texas may be eligible to have their ticket dismissed if they take action on it in the form of pleading not guilty, appearing in court, and offering to take a driver safety course. If you fail to appear for the hearing, your ticket will not be dismissed.

Receiving a traffic ticket is annoying.  As noted above, simply ignoring it won’t make it go away, and could lead to mounting legal problems and huge annoyances in the future. If you would like to learn more about contesting your Texas traffic ticket, call Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, today at (214) 521-4567. Attorney Jack Pettit has been providing exceptional defense representation for clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years, and there is a good chance that he could help you with your Texas traffic ticket.

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