Do you have arrest warrants in Dallas County. If so, you could be arrested, at any time, at your home, school, office, or even during a routine traffic stop. Dallas County warrants can be served not only in Dallas County, but throughout the state. In fact, certain arrest warrants can even be served in other states and countries.
If you have a Dallas warrant, you should act quickly to avoid arrest. The type of warrant you have dictates the appropriate action to be taken.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, but not yet arrested, there may be an arrest warrant issued
in your name. Many people believe that, under these circumstances, the police have an obligation to notify you by mail, or in some other way, that you have an active arrest warrant. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Oftentimes, your “notice” comes in the form of a knock at the door, or a visit at work, from a detective or other peace office who has come to arrest you.
However, the good news is that you don’t need to wait until that day comes. Frequently, an attorney can ask a judge to grant a personal recognizance bond (also known as a “p.r. bond“) for you which, if granted, can allow you to avoid arrest and jail on your warrant. P.R. bonds can be granted on most felonies, and on all misdemeanors. However, if you wait until you are arrested, you will be taken to jail, booked in, and must wait until you are arraigned and a bond is set before you can be released. At the Dallas County Jail (the Lew Sterrett Justice Center), this process can take six to eight hours, or even longer.
If you’re on probation, and are alleged to have violated your probation, there may have been a probation violation warrant issued for your arrest. In Dallas County, felony probation violation warrants are usually issued as no bond warrants. If a no bond warrant has issued for your arrest, you cannot post bond, regardless of how much money you have. However, it’s possible to have a bond reduction hearing, or ask the judge to set a reasonable bond, which can then be posted on your behalf by an attorney bail bondsman. On Dallas County probation violation warrants, once a bond amount is set, an attorney bail bondsman can assist you with a walk-through. In other words, it may then be possible to remove your probation violation warrant by “walking” you up to the bond desk and posting your bond, without your having to go in custody. On Dallas County misdemeanor probation violations, there is usually a bond amount set at the time the warrant is issued. As with felony probation violation warrants, an attorney bail bondsman can also help you with a walk-through so that the warrant can be removed without you going to jail.
Traffic ticket arrest warrants are usually issued under two sets of circumstances. First, if you’ve received a traffic ticket, but failed to timely appear, OR missed a traffic ticket court date, you likely have an alias arrest warrant issued in your name. If you have an alias traffic ticket warrant issued in your name, as with a more serious felony or misdemeanor warrant, you can be arrested anywhere in the state. However, on an alias ticket warrant, an attorney can post an attorney bond and remove the warrant, and avoid your getting arrested. Second, if you’ve already resolved your traffic ticket case, but failed to pay an outstanding fine or complete an obligation to submit proof that you’ve taken a defensive driving course, a capias pro fine warrant may issue for your arrest. If a capias warrant has issued for your arrest, your only recourse is to pay the money you owe to the court, or to sit the fine you owe out in jail. Under these facts, because your case has already been resolved, it’s not possible to go back to court and seek an alternate disposition.