Local Traffic Tickets
Dallas County Warrant Roundup
During the Dallas County warrant roundup, officers from multiple law enforcement agencies will fan out to seek, find and arrest people with arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets. If you have an open warrant for arrest, you may be getting a knock at your door during the Dallas County warrant roundup. The knock could come at your home, your place of work or even at your school. If you live, work or go to school in Tarrant County, and have an outstanding warrant, you are subject to arrest at any time. Additionally, the Tarrant County officers may be serving warrants issued from any county or jurisdiction in the State of Texas. So, if you have an old ticket warrant from an unpaid ticket from any jurisdiction in the State of Texas, you might receive an unexpected and unpleasant surprise when you are arrested.
The Dallas County warrant roundup is specifically intended for those people with unpaid traffic tickets that have resulted in arrest warrants being issued. However, anyone with an outstanding warrant for other Class C misdemeanors, city ordinance violations - even parking tickets - will be at risk for immediate arrest.
Usually, several times a year, most cities like Dallas County conduct warrant roundups. What is a Dallas County warrant roundup? This is when local jurisdictions devise and implement plans to actively pursue the arrest of anyone who has outstanding arrest warrants for traffic citations. The purpose of the Dallas County warrant roundup is to work down any backlog of arrest warrants that have built up from the last time a Dallas County warrant roundup was performed. The jurisdiction will assign extra officers and resources to the roundup for a short, but intense, period of time. The Dallas County warrant roundup efforts are in addition to the continuous year-round program to actively arrest anyone with outstanding arrest warrants during routine traffic stops. If you think this can’t happen to you, think again! Many times, we have posted attorney bonds to bail people out of jail who had outstanding arrest warrants who were arrested during a Dallas County warrant roundup. Law enforcement officers do not discriminate when it comes to outstanding arrest warrants. They will show up at the homes, workplaces and classrooms of anyone who has outstanding arrest warrants and arrest them.
Getting Arrested In the Dallas County Warrant Roundup Will Be Expensive As Well As Embarrassing
Getting arrested during a Dallas County warrant roundup on an outstanding warrant for an unpaid ticket is the most expensive way to resolve your traffic ticket! First, you will have to bond yourself out of jails with a cash bond for the full amount owed. Second, you will face the highest amount of the fine, known as the "window rate." Thirdly, you will face additional fees for warrant fees, court costs and the collection expense of arresting you. Fourth, if you were pulled over while driving and arrested, your car might be impounded and you might face towing and impound fees to get your car back. Finally, you could also face significant State of Texas surcharges. Plus, you will loose more money from the resulting time away from work, plus the embarrassment of being arrested. This is the worst and most expensive of all possible outcomes.
If you have one or more outstanding warrants for your arrest for unpaid traffic tickets, rather than get caught up in a Dallas County warrant roundup, there are much more favorable outcomes possible that will cost less and eliminate additional the hassle. A knowledgeable traffic ticket attorney, experienced with dealing with open warrants can help you not only head off the arrest but settle the matter at the lowest possible cost and with the most favorable outcome.
Attorney Todd E. Tkach Can Keep You Out Of the Dallas County Warrant Roundup
If you have an open warrant for your arrest for an unpaid traffic ticket, NOW is the time to take care of it BEFORE you get swept up in the Dallas County warrant roundup and officers appear at your door.
Rather than being caught up in a Dallas County warrant roundup, let me suggest an alternative. For a very nominal fee, hire attorney Todd E. Tkach, to post an attorney bond, lift the warrant and go to court to fight for a dismissal of the traffic ticket. The process is very easy and quick. All you have to do is sign a bond form for us to process and file with the court. You don’t even have to go to court unless you want to. We’ll take care of everything and will promptly notify you of the court result. Just call us at 214-999-0595 to talk with one of our courteous staff members.
The Dallas County Warrant Roundup Might Be Part Of a Very-Serious Large-Scale Enforcement Effort
The Dallas County warrant roundup can be part of a larger state-wide effort call the Great Texas Warrant Roundup. The Great Texas Warrant Roundup is not just a simple publicity stunt to scare people into paying their unpaid fines. Instead, law enforcement agencies all over Texas will be backing up the roundup with a significant commitment of additional manpower and resources for almost a month. Officers normally pursuing more serious crimes will be temporarily reassigned to the roundup to find and arrest those people with open warrants resulting from unpaid traffic tickets. For several weeks during the roundup, the additional manpower and resources will exclusively focus on hunting down those with open warrants and arresting them. This multi-agency effort occurs concurrently all over the state.
Last year, more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Texas joined in the roundup. Of the total statewide, more than 150 of those agencies were in the DFW Metroplex.
If you have an open arrest warrant, you can be arrested at any time throughout the year. However, because of the extra resources and focused enforcement effort, you have a much higher chance of being arrested during the roundup.
The results of the Great Texas Warrant Roundup are significant, which is why the Great Texas Warrant Roundup is repeated every year. During several weeks of effort, in the roundup of 2015, the City of Dallas County alone cleared more than 12,000 outstanding warrants during the roundup and statewide, more than 144,000 warrants were cleared.
The Great Texas Warrant Roundup is a coordinated effort across the state. Even if you have an open warrant for arrest in another city in Texas, you may be getting a knock on your door from your local law enforcement officers to arrest you. During the roundup, if you have an outstanding warrant in any jurisdiction in Texas, law enforcement officials will actively seek you out. Yes, even for a just traffic ticket. New technology such as automatic license plate readers, better databases and information sharing make it much easier and quicker for law enforcement officers to find people with outstanding warrants. Many of the law enforcement personnel assigned to the roundup will come from City Marshalls offices who have specialized tools and lots of experience tracking people down. Law enforcement officers may come to your home or office, even to you school dorm or classroom, to make an arrest. You will be placed in handcuffs, placed in the back of a police car and driven to jail for processing. You will have to post a bond in order to get out of jail which will be an additional expense. Of course, you also have to pay the outstanding fines and court fees for your unpaid ticket plus additional fees for the warrant arrest and jail processing.
Why Are Some Cases in Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts in Dallas County?
All traffic tickets are criminal violations and are classified in Texas as Class “C” misdemeanors. After a law enforcement officer issues a traffic ticket, the information from the traffic stop is forwarded to a court to begin the procedure against whom the ticket was issued. In Texas, all traffic ticket cases are filed in either a Municipal Court or a Justice of the Peace (JP) Court in the county where the ticket was issued. The Court into which the case is filed is determined by the type of law enforcement officer who issued the citation. If the ticket was issued by a police officer of a particular city or municipality, it will be filed in that city’s municipal court. If issued by a county police officer, such as a Constable, Sheriff or Texas State Trooper, it will be filed in one of the Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts in that county.
We Serve all Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts in Dallas County
All Texas counties have at least one Justice of the Peace (JP) Court and more-populated counties can have many more. We serve all JP Courts in Dallas County