How a Texas Traffic Ticket Can Lead to an Arrest
An Escalating Situation
Many Texas traffic tickets are Class C misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of up to $500. But if you don’t pay the fine, you could face even more legal trouble. In fact, failing to pay your fine could lead to an arrest and even another criminal charge.
Fulfilling Your Obligation
If you signed your ticket, you made a promise to show up at your court date. If you don’t appear in court, the judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. The judge can charge you with failure to appear and can fine you even more. And if the judge has already issued a warrant and you appear in court, you could potentially be arrested.
If you want to try to pay the ticket without going to court, know that in doing so you are most likely pleading guilty to the offense and will be convicted. You may also have to pay additional fees—called surcharges—to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Seek Legal Guidance for Your Texas Traffic Ticket
Whatever you do, don’t think paying your ticket is the most cost-effective way of handling your case before you learn about your options and the consequences. Keeping a clean driving record is more important than ever, as Texas cracks down on unsafe drivers by charging excessive surcharges. As a result, mounting tickets could result in serious penalties.
Don’t make the mistake of failing to address a Texas traffic ticket. If you have a ticket you need to deal with, it is worth your time to consult with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the process. This is especially important if you’ve already missed your court date. An attorney can explain what could happen if you don’t appear in court or pay your fine and help you identify the most efficient way to clear your name. Often, a seasoned attorney will know how to step in immediately and take control of your case to prevent your arrest and minimize the consequences of your ticket. That may involve going to court to fight the ticket for you so you don’t have to take time off from work or your other responsibilities.
If you need help dealing with an outstanding traffic ticket in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.