Every year across the great state of Texas in March there is a two-month long “great warrant roundup,” during which cities across the state actively pursue outstanding warrants for traffic violations other unpaid Class C misdemeanors. These roundups serve as an import source of revenue for the county, generating millions of dollars for their respective cities. And in these budget-strapped times, cities are undoubtedly eager to take advantage of the extra income. Most of the municipalities in Tarrant County participate in this annual affair. According to an article in last Friday’s Fort Worth Star Telegram the roundup starts On March 5th, 2011. Apparently the city of Arlington has already posted a list of persons with outstanding warrants. (If you want to check to see if you are in Warrant in Fort Worth, go to Fort Worth’s Online Warrant Database.) I also noticed Haltom City has a large billboard on freeway 121 giving notice of their participation in the roundup.
For those who know that they have outstanding traffic tickets, there is still time to avoid a potentially embarrassing trip to jail by posting bond for them before the roundup begins next week. Particular note should be taken by college students at TCU and the University of Texas in Arlington who may be traveling across the state for their spring break festivities—because no matter where you are in the state, authorities will be on active lookout and have full authority to arrest you without regard to the original jurisdiction of your violation. It would be advisable to make your bond on any sort of speeding ticket that is in warrant before you leave town.
Posting bond is not difficult, and certainly less humiliating than having the cops pay a surprise visit to your place of work. You can find more information about what type of warrants are bondable here . It is better to make a bond and get a plea bargain for deferred adjudication in order to avoid the increase in points on your driver record that results from a conviction. Besides increasing the cost of your insurance premium, too many points can also result in the loss of your license for a period of time.
So, please, spare yourself the hassle and embarrassment of a trip Downtown or risk of conviction and loss of your license. This is one obligation that you cannot afford to put off any longer.
The information presented above is solely the expressed opinion of attorney Clifford M. Womack, and not intended to substitute for obtaining professional legal advice or counsel. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of service to you on this or any other legal matter.