You may have been issued a traffic ticket in the state of Texas for one of a variety of violations of traffic law. You are required to respond to such a citation, either by paying your fine or appearing in court to contest the charges. Should you fail to do so, you could find your name on a City of Houston arrest warrant. Not only could you be subject to being arrested once you have been cited for Failure to Appear and a Harris County arrest warrant issued, you may suffer a whole host of additional fines and problems.
Should you find yourself in the position of having a Houston arrest warrant issued, you must take action immediately. Our attorneys at Sullo & Sullo have a solid background and experience in dealing with all sorts of traffic violations in Houston and surrounding areas. While it may seem extreme to hire an attorney to deal with a traffic violation you could be unpleasantly surprised at the variety of repercussions you could suffer as a result of “simple” traffic ticket.
Avoiding a Houston Arrest Warrant
The goal is, of course, to avoid having a Harris County arrest warrant issued in the first place. In order to do this, you must take your traffic citation very seriously and make note of the time you have to take care of the matter. You may have decided simply to mail in your payment rather than contesting the ticket, particularly if you are fairly certain you committed the offense. While this seems like the simplest solution, be aware that you will be subject to points on your driving record which can accrue to the point of costing you your Texas driver’s license at least for a period of time.
Paying a traffic ticket is the same as pleading guilty to the offense, meaning that you are, in effect, convicted of that offense, resulting in a conviction on your driving record. Once points show up on your driving record, your insurance rates will likely increase significantly and you could even pay the price for the conviction at your place of employment, particularly if driving is part of your job. For all these reasons, consulting an attorney is a better option. The attorneys of Sullo & Sullo may be able to fight your traffic citation in court, and could even be able to have the ticket dismissed completely.
What to Do if There Is a Houston Arrest Warrant Out for You
As you can see, avoiding a Harris County arrest warrant is definitely your best option, however if a ticket or court appearance has simply slipped your mind and you find yourself under the cloud of an arrest warrant, it is definitely time to consult a knowledgeable Houston attorney. You do not want to find yourself being arrested while you are at work or home—or really any time at all. An arrest is a humiliating experience for most people, and if it occurs as a result of failing to pay a traffic fine, there is an extra level of embarrassment.
Our attorneys will examine the individual circumstances of your case—after all each case is unique. They will then offer you your best options for clearing up your outstanding warrant which will likely include posting a Harris County bond which will take away the threat of an arrest. Rather than appearing in person to post your bond, your attorney can handle that for you so there would be no chance of being arrested as you are posting the bond. Call Sullo & Sullo today for an examination of your case and the help you need.