Fort Worth Traffic Ticket Attorneys
Help from a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer
With so many people on the road, traffic tickets are very common throughout
the state of Texas. Issues range from moving violations to parking infractions
and can include penalties such as points on your driver’s license,
mandatory time spent in education classes, increased insurance rates,
and heavy fines.
Violations that can warrant a ticket include, but are not limited to:
- Driving erratically
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Causing an accident
- Endangering pedestrians or other drivers
- Driving without insurance
- Driving with broken equipment
- Parking illegally
What Happens if You Don’t Pay a Ticket in Texas?
If you don’t pay a ticket or miss your court date in Texas, the Department
of Public Safety (DPS) might now allow you to renew your license and your
county may refuse to renew your vehicle’s registration. If you still
refuse to pay what you owe to the DPS, they will suspend your license.
If you have received a traffic ticket for any reason,
contact our Fort Worth criminal defense lawyers at Jerry Loftin & Associates. We have helped numerous clients throughout Texas.
How Long Do Unpaid Traffic Tickets Stay in Your Record in Texas?
Unpaid traffic tickets stay 3 years in your record in Texas. Each Traffic
violation is given 2 or 3 points. You will be given 2 points for in and
out-of-state traffic convictions and 3 points for every conviction involving
a crash. A 2-point assessment in your record could lead to higher insurance
rates. If you have 6 or more points and continue to get traffic tickets,
you’ll have to pay a surcharge every year until those points are reduced.
Do You Have to Report Tickets to Insurance?
You don’t always have to report traffic tickets to your insurance
when you’re cited. Policyholders must always be honest when with
information when it’s requested. But when you’re requesting
quotes from different auto insurance companies, you need to give accurate
information so that you are given accurate quotes.
Types of Traffic Ticket Warrants in Texas
If you have an active traffic warrant in the Fort Worth area, Jerry Loftin
& Associates can help. It is important to know your options in the
situation as well as the issues and penalties you may be facing.
In Texas, there are two types of warrants. These include:
- Alias, if you did not appear at your traffic ticket case
- Capias when you enter a guilty plea or are found guilty and did not pay
for the offense
How to Get a Capias Warrant Lifted in Texas
There are various ways to lift capias warrants, including paying the fine,
taking driver or alcohol education classes, or doing community service.
By hiring our Fort Worth traffic ticket lawyer, you can receive representation
to make your court appearances and putting an up an Appearance Bond on
your behalf. This option is only available if you never pleaded guilty
or agreed to a payment plan.
How to Get an Alias Warrant Lifted in Texas
Alias warrants, however, usually require a bond to be posted. You may post
a cash bond or you may be able to get the alias warrant lifted by hiring
an attorney to post a bond for you. Hiring representation and getting
a bond is usually a cheaper option than a cash bond.
How Do You Get Old Tickets Dismissed in Texas?
To get your old tickets dismissed in Texas you can take a Texas defensive
driving course. Many common offenses such as driving 24 mph over the limit
are eligible for this option. But before you can take the defensive driving
courses, you must also complete the following:
Ask the court to take a defensive driving course
Pay your court fees
Show the court the payment, proof of insurance, and driver’s license
Once you have finished the steps above, you can sign up for defensive driving.
You will then need to do the following for the court to accept your completion
of defensive driving:
Sign up for defensive driving with a state-approved provider
Finish the 6-hour driving course
Wait and receive your certificate in the mail
Sign the certificate once it arrives
Give your certificate to the court by mail or in-person
After you have completed everything, the court will review it and you should
get a dismissal and your ticket should be cleared.
Do not hesitate to call our firm at (817) 429-2000 if you have received
a traffic ticket or have a traffic warrant against you in Texas. We can
help you with a
free initial consultation.