The San Marcos Daily Record reported this morning that a state-wide initiative is about to begin, addressing non-compliance with court orders. This means that if you have an outstanding traffic ticket, it’s time to pay up.
The Great Texas Warrant Round-Up will begin on March 5th and 300 jurisdictions in the Lone Star State are participating, cracking down on outstanding warrants for arrest. Fortunately, there is a grace period occurring right now, allowing people to pay their debts without extra fines or jail time.
Unpaid traffic tickets can result in a bench warrant, which is an arrest warrant ordered by the court. Traffic tickets are serious and can leave you with a blemished record.
Here are the 5 things you should know about traffic tickets so you don’t end up in cuffs during the Great Texas Warrant Round-Up.
The Citation Will Give You A Court Date
If you get a traffic ticket, it’s important to know the court date scheduled for you (the appearance date). The citation will the court where your case will be dealt with and the date of your trial.
Three Options for Traffic Tickets
If you’re issued a traffic ticket, you have three options on how to respond.
- Guilty – You can choose to plead guilty to the traffic violation and you waive your right to a trial by judge or jury.
- No Contest – Much like the plea of guilty, pleading no contest means that you waive your right to a trial by judge or jury. You’re not admitting you committed the offense, so this information cannot be used against you in any later civil or criminal proceedings.
- Not Guilty – If you choose to fight your ticket, you will fight the ticket in court.
Paying the Ticket
If you plead guilty or no contest, you must pay the ticket by the appearance date on the ticket. If you plan to fight the ticket, you must enter your plea by the appearance date and the matter will be taken to court.