I received a letter today from the Texas Department of Public Safety saying that when my license comes up for renewal in June of 2016, it will be denied if my ticket has not been paid, which says that it was back in July 2010. I called them and they said that they had no record of it and that it was probably passed on to the collections department. She gave me their number MVBA, a law firm, and they said that I owed $1053.00. I pulled up the TDPS website and it said I owed $810. I have lived at this same address since 2009 and I have NEVER EVER gotten a letter from them about this, now since its 6 years later. They want the money in full, or half and at most 3 months payment. I do not know that I even owe this. Is there a statute of limitation on something like this? The TDPS told me that their judge would have sent me a letter a week after I did not show up to talk to her and give me options. Again I have never ever gotten anything from them or I would have taken care of this. I do not have a warrant out nor have I gotten any form of communication until today. I need you to please let me what I need to do.
You should consult with a local attorney as they will know the relevant statute of limitations. In Washington, they can collect for arguably ten years (many consider a traffic ticket a judgment rather than a contract). In some other jurisdictions, it is longer. Failing to pay a ticket is a common way to get your license suspended. It is possible that you owed $810.00, but they added on additional attorney fees (because approximately $250.00, it is probably one hour review of the file). If you do not have the finances to consult with a private attorney, you may want to consult with a volunteer legal service or legal aid organization.
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