If you receive a traffic ticket in Texas, you are provided with an “appearance date.” The appearance date is the date by which you or your traffic ticket attorney is required, by law, to enter an appearance in your case. For example, the City of Dallas Municipal Court automatically sets your appearance date on the twenty-first date after the date on which you receive your citation.
When you receive a traffic ticket, the police officer requests that you sign it. Your signature is not a plea of “guilty” to the charge. It is simply your promise to appear in court, on or before the appearance date. If you fail to take any action on your traffic ticket, a warrant can be issued for your arrest. You are subject to arrest anywhere in the State of Texas, at any time. The police may come, unannounced, to your home, or even your place of business, and take you into custody in front of your friends, family, or co-workers. In addition, by not taking action on your ticket in a timely fashion, the State of Texas may file an additional criminal charge of failure to appear. You may not even aware that this charge has been filed against you, because the State of Texas has the ability to file this case “at large.” In other words, since you are not available for an officer to issue you a citation, the “failure to appear” charge can be file against you with the court, in your absence. To make matters worse, an additional warrant can be issued pursuant to this new charge.
For traffic tickets, there are two types of warrants: alias warrants and capias warrants. If you receive a traffic ticket and take no action, at some point, the court will issue an alias warrant for your arrest. Also, if you set your case for court and fail to appear, an alias warrant will be issued. On the other hand, if you take action on your case (i.e., if you have previously entered a “guilty” or “no contest” plea, requested defensive driving, or asked for a payment plan) and have not follow through on the agreement that you made with the court (e.g., you didn’t take defensive driving, or pay the fine you agreed to pay), the court will issue a capias warrant. A capias warrant cannot be removed by the posting of an attorney bond. However, if you have spent time in jail since the capias warrant issued for your arrest, we may be able to have the court give you back time credit (i.e., allow you to credit the time you spent in jail to satisfy the fine). If so, we may be able to assist you so that you don’t have to pay the fine that you owe.
If you have been issued a traffic citation, and taken no action on or before the appearance date, a warrant has probably been issued for your arrest!
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, contact us immediately! We have assisted thousands of clients in your situation, and helped them avoid arrest. We can help you, too! Our Dallas traffic ticket defense lawyers can post an “attorney bond” on your case and represent you in court. Once posted, an attorney bond causes the arrest warrant to be immediately recalled. If you need help with a Dallas County traffic ticket arrest warrant, call us now. The traffic ticket defense lawyers at Berlof & Newton, P.C. can advise you regarding attorney bonds, and all other matters concerning Dallas traffic ticket warrants. Call our attorneys now @ 214.827.2800 or use the contact form on this website.