What You Should Know About the Texas Warrant Roundup

The phrase “Texas Warrant Roundup” may bring to mind images of a fictional event that was pulled straight from the pages of a Texas-sized tall tale. As fictional as the name may seem, though, the Texas Warrant Roundup is a real occurrence that happens every year. It is a serious event that should not be taken lightly, especially by people for whom a warrant has been issued.

If you do not know just how serious the Texas Warrant Roundup is, take note. If there is a warrant for your arrest which is outstanding at the time of the Roundup, police or U.S. Marshals can arrest you anytime, anywhere – including at your home or place of employment. During the Texas Warrant Roundup, the police go out in force, looking for people who have outstanding warrants. They even have special equipment for scanning license plates, which helps them identify drivers for whom warrants are outstanding.

Overall, it is important to know that the Texas Warrant Roundup happens usually in February or March. In order to encourage people to settle their outstanding warrants before the annual Texas Warrant Roundup occurs, the State of Texas offers a grace period prior to the start of the Warrant Roundup. The grace period offers anyone with an outstanding warrant to come forward and pay their fine without incurring any further fees or penalties, and spares them from the possibility of being arrested during the Warrant Roundup.

In addition to the annual Texas Warrant Roundup, some cities and towns conduct smaller, localized Warrant Roundups a few times a year. Also, an outstanding warrant can place you at risk for more than being arrested. Outstanding warrants can cause the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to place a hold on renewal of your vehicle registration and on renewal of your driver’s license. Because Warrant Roundup events create a high risk for arrest as well as restrictions on your driver’s license and vehicle registration, it is a good idea to deal with a warrant as soon as you learn that one has been issued.

When you take prompt action to deal with a warrant, you have more options available to you than you would if you were arrested and brought to jail. If you want to clear your warrant but you are unsure how to go about doing so, many city and county websites have information about how to clear outstanding warrants. If you think that there may be an outstanding warrant in your name because you have forgotten to pay a traffic ticket or attend a hearing, or for some other reason, there are resources on the internet which enable you to check whether such a warrant exists. While you may be able to clear your outstanding warrant on your own, there can be advantages to contacting an attorney.

If you have an outstanding warrant at the time when the Texas Warrant Roundup is approaching, you may be able to reduce your costs and maybe even get that warrant suspended by enlisting the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been providing exceptional criminal defense to clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Attorney Jack Pettit today at (214) 521-4567, to learn more about the Texas Warrant Roundup, or other concerns related to traffic violations or criminal defense.

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