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Traffic Warrants

a man in handcuffs | call Grace LawA traffic ticket is a formal summons to appear in court in order to respond to the alleged violation. When you sign a traffic ticket you are not admitting guilt. Rather, you are signing a legal document in which you promise to contact the court, either by mail or in person, by the appearance date on the ticket.

If you fail to contact the court by the appearance date, or if you miss a subsequent court setting, a judge will issue an arrest warrant and file an additional Class C misdemeanor charge of Failure to Appear or Violation of Promise to Appear.

Once a warrant has issued you are at risk of being arrested at home, at work, or if you are stopped by the police for another traffic violation.

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The court will cancel the arrest warrant if you pay the full fine amount. However, the fine for an FTA or VPTA is up to $500.00 plus court costs, which include costly DPS assessments and warrant fees. A conviction for these Class C misdemeanor violations can also result in denial of State vocational licenses and student loans.

Before paying an arrest warrant call Grace Law Office

Bonding on Warrants
 

Most courts will recall arrest warrants if you post a bond. Bonds can be posted in one of two ways. A cash bond involves posting your personal cash money with the court and promising to appear in court on a future date. If you fail to appear again the court will revoke the bond and issue new arrest warrants.

An Attorney Surety Bond is similar to a bail bond, except in most cases you are not being bailed out of jail.

As a general rule, a surety bond is a less expensive than posting the entire amount in cash. In most cases, once the bond is posted the Grace Law Office can negotiate a plea bargain agreement with the court that can result in dismissal of charges and substantial fine reductions.

DPS OMNIBASE

If you fail to appear for a ticket, the court will not only issue a warrant but will also report your failure to appear to the DPS OmniBase system. Once you have been reported to OMNI, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will not allow you to renew your Texas Driver’s License until you clear up the FTA. If your driver’s license expires with an active OMNI hold, the DPS will issue an Order of Denial of Renewal, putting you at risk of being cited or arrested for Driving While License Invalid.