Warrant Removal/ Bonds:

If you should receive a traffic citation, you will usually be required to sign the ticket. Signing is not an admission of guilt for the traffic offense, but you are agreeing to appear in court by the date and time stated on the ticket. You also have the option to pay the fine instead of appearing in court, although this amounts to a guilty plea that can result in points being added to your driving record and increased auto insurance rates.

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Traffic citations should not be ignored. If you do not pay the fee before the court date, then even if you plead not guilty you must appear in court. If you fail to appear for any reason, even if you are late, the court will almost always issue a Failure to Appear (FTA) warrant for your arrest. You may also be charged additional fines and be denied renewal of your driver’s license.

If a Failure to Appear (FTA) warrant is issued for your arrest for an unpaid traffic ticket, any time you are pulled over for any traffic violation, you may be arrested and taken to jail immediately. You will be required to give bail to secure your release and to appear in court at a later date to deal with the charge. If you have an outstanding traffic warrant in Houston, you may be arrested at any time during the annual Warrant Roundup usually beginning in March.

You may resolve an outstanding arrest warrant by pleading guilty or “no contest” to the warrant charge and paying the fine, although this can result in points being added to your driving record, extra costs, and higher insurance rates. Alternatively, you may plead not guilty and post a bond in court to lift the warrant. If you post a bond, you are no longer subject to arrest and you will have the opportunity to fight your traffic ticket and potentially protect your driving record and avoid higher insurance rates.

If you find yourself under threat of a Harris County arrest warrant you may be confused and anxious. Many people do not realize that should they neglect to pay a traffic citation or attend a court date they could actually be arrested. While it is unlikely you will be arrested, this is a serious situation which must be taken care of quickly, preferably with experienced legal help. The attorneys of Sullo & Sullo can help you understand your warrant as well as help you deal with it in the most expeditious manner possible which leaves you with the least amount of long-term consequences.

Types of Traffic Warrants

If you have neglected to pay your traffic citation as promised, the court will file a Failure to Appear charge against you and issue a warrant. This type of warrant is known as an alias warrant which means you have the right to appear in court and post a Harris County traffic bond in order to stop the threat of arrest. One of our Sullo & Sullo attorneys can post that bond on your behalf, then follow through to either negotiate a deal on your behalf or explain your options when you next appear in court.

A capias warrant, on the other hand, is issued if you agreed to certain conditions such as paying your fine and then failed to do so. If a capias warrant is issued you can either pay your fine or go to jail since the goal of a capias warrant is to compel you to take action and comply with the court’s original orders. Even though a capias warrant is generally not considered a serious criminal violation, per se, you could still find yourself doing time in jail. For this reason, should you become aware of any type of Harris County arrest warrant out for you, don’t delay rather take immediate action and consult a knowledgeable Houston attorney.

What Are Your Options Once a Traffic Warrant Has Been Issued?

Having a Harris County arrest warrant issued on your behalf is serious business and you should definitely treat it with the respect it deserves. Handling the warrant on your own could be tricky; although you may be able to walk into court and post a Harris County traffic bond, effectively removing the warrant, there is always the chance you could be arrested on the spot. While it is not especially likely, it is possible. It may be a better idea to have a Sullo & Sullo attorney post the bond on your behalf, saving you any possible embarrassment or further trouble.

Once you post a bond in Houston, you no longer have to worry about being arrested, however you will have a new court date set in which you will have to deal with not only the original traffic citation but the Failure to Appear charge as well. This court appearance is critical, and you could have a much easier time in front of the judge with an attorney by your side. Your attorney might even be able to have the original charges dismissed, which would save you from the points on your driver’s license, an increase in insurance premiums and potential employment consequences. For the help you need, call a Sullo & Sullo attorney today—further delays could be very costly.

Sullo & Sullo, LLP has an experienced team of traffic attorneys who can help you with Failure to Appear (FTA) warrants.

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