Saturday, January 14, 2012

Posting a Bond in Order to Lift an Outstanding Warrant


Law enforcement and judicial officials issue daily warrants all across the nation for those who have failed to appear as required, and the city of Houston issues these warrants as well. The vast majority of Houston arrest warrants stem from failure to appear on a ticket issued for a traffic offense or possibly another minor Class C misdemeanors as many people believe these types of tickets to be relatively non-serious, putting them away and forgetting to pay the fine. Bear in mind that a Failure to Appear criminal charge is not the same as a Houston arrest warrant. A warrant is a mandate for your arrest—no matter where the police find you— while receiving a Failure to Appear adds an additional criminal charge to your problems.

A Solution to an Arrest Warrant
If you have been hit with a Harris County arrest warrant, don’t panic. Our legal system provides a method of avoiding an arrest without paying the fines and dealing with the hidden penalties not to mention the potential embarrassment of being arrested at your home or at work. This remedy is known as a bond; by posting a Houston traffic bond the warrant for your arrest is effectively suspended. This allows you to receive a new court date and the opportunity to fight your old traffic tickets.

Consequences of Simply Paying an Outstanding Houston Traffic Ticket
Remember that any time you write a check for a ticket you are effectively pleading guilty to the offense and are then considered convicted. Posting a bond in Houston allows you time to consult a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your options as well as the consequences you may suffer should you simply pay the ticket. By paying your ticket you become subject to a litany of repercussions including skyrocketing insurance rates and a strike on your driving record. In other words when you pay your moving violation ticket you for each moving violation you pay you will accept two points on your driving record; paying your accident violation ticket will add three points.

During any three year period should you be unlucky enough to have garnered six points on your driving record you could end up having to pay a surcharge each year which starts at $100. Additionally, accruing points on your driving record may put your present or future employment in jeopardy. As you can see, posting a Houston County bond makes much more sense than simply paying the outstanding tickets out of fear.

After Posting Your City of Houston Bond
If you are under a Harris County arrest warrant, it’s important to get solid legal advice before you pay the ticket. Remember that a traffic ticket is not a debt, per se, rather it is simply alleging a criminal violation that you may or may not be guilty of.  Because we live in America you are considered to be not guilty until you are convicted. Once you post a bond in Houston your attorney can advise you of your options—including a Defensive Driving course or deferred adjudication—which can protect your driver’s license and record as well as your insurance rates.  Posting a bond is a relatively simple way to avoid your Houston arrest warrant while still preserving your rights and protecting your future.
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