Written by attorney John Francis Byno IV


As government budgets across the country feel more and more pressure, state and local municipalities must find other means to generate revenue. In Texas, the annual statewide and Dallas warrant roundup helps cities collect millions in outstanding fines. Last March, over 250 law enforcement agencies from around the state participated in the warrant roundup. Typically, these events occur in the spring though many other cities and jurisdictions conduct other warrant roundups throughout the year, as Dallas County did recently. In August, Dallas marshals sent notices to those with outstanding warrants warning them that they would be arrested if the fines were not paid. A WFAA report notes that in the August roundup, officials were targeting over 134,000 people with nearly 421,000 delinquent traffic and non-traffic violations, totaling $99 million in uncollected fines. Other jurisdictions also face the dilemma of how to collect millions of dollars in outstanding traffic fines. In Fort Worth alone, of the nearly 843,000 cases filed from January 2008 to March 2010, over 125,000 warrants were issued for nonpayment according to a Star Telegram report. The warrants represent over $78 million in revenue. What You Should Do? DALLAS TRAFFIC TICKET - DALLAS WARRANT ROUND UP According to officials cited in The Dallas Morning News report, many people fail to pay traffic citations because they do not know their options. Many assume the only option is to plead guilty and pay. Some will attempt to avoid paying the fines indefinitely and try to avoid arrest. But the same officials also warn that if arrested during the round up, offenders usually only have two options - pay the fine or go to jail. Law enforcement officials urge people with Dallas warrants to take care of the situation proactively, citing the opportunity to negotiate and deal with prosecutors. If you have or suspect you have an outstanding Dallas warrant, getting help is crucial. The first step, however, is to make sure that your case never gets that far. If you have received a traffic citation, it is important not to ignore the Dallas ticket or hope that it will go away on its own. Failing to pay or fight the fine can have serious consequences. An experienced traffic defense attorney can help explain your options. MARCH IS DALLAS WARRANT ROUND UP MONTH Every March, law enforcement officials from around Texas participate in the annual Statewide Warrant Roundup. The Dallas roundup focuses on finding and arresting those with outstanding warrants and collecting the millions of dollars in unpaid fines. Though the roundup usually takes place in the spring, others occur in various counties throughout the year. This past August, marshals from Dallas and the surrounding communities conducted another roundup, going after the $99 million in uncollected fines from over 130,000 individuals. As the annual Dallas roundup is only weeks away, it is important to take care of Dallas traffic citations and warrants before the police find you. Alias and Capias Warrants There are two common types of warrants issued in Dallas traffic cases. An alias warrant is what the court will issue when a person fails to respond or show up for a hearing on the traffic citation. For those with an alias warrant out for their arrest, there is still an opportunity to appear in court. An attorney can help post your bond and give you a chance to fight the charges. A capias warrant, on the other hand, is issued when you do not comply with the orders of the court. For this type of warrant, there are basically only two options - you can pay the fine or go to jail. Working with a Dallas Traffic Ticket Attorney Unfortunately, many people tend to ignore the citation and hope it will go away on its own. The reality is that a warrant can and will be issued if you fail to take care of the ticket, even for minor offenses and small fines. Depending on the type of warrant, you may have an opportunity to appear in court and fight the charges or pay the fine without the embarrassment of an arrest. If you are facing any sort of Dallas traffic violation, it is important to pay careful attention to court dates and contact an experienced Dallas attorney in your area for help. While a traffic ticket may seem like an inconvenience, ignoring the ticket can only lead to bigger problems later on. Dal las Traffic Ticket Lawyer Have you been given a traffic ticket in the Dallas metro area? Were you pulled over for speeding somewhere in Dallas County? Every municipality has their own ordinances and procedures regarding traffic violations. I am attorney Jack Byno, and I have been representing clients with traffic and other violations in the greater Dallas area over the past decade. Traffic Violation in Dallas? Dallas Traffic Warrants Lifted. Were you given a speeding ticket in Dallas? Just because you faced a similar charge in Irving, that doesn't mean you should know what to expect in your current case. The procedures in every city are different. With over a decade of experience, I know the local courts. I know the local judges. I know how their policies differ and I know how to get you results in the Dallas area: Addison Carrollton Cedar Hill Coppell Dallas Denton DeSoto Duncanville Garland Grand Prairie Grapevine Greenville Hutchins Irving McKinney Mesquite Plano Richardson Rowlett Waxahachie And others Dallas Municipal Traffic Violations If you follow my instructions, I can help you try to get your Dallas traffic ticket dismissed. The first thing I will do is send a notice to the court, in order to set a court date, which will usually follow in about six months. More often than not, Dallas police officers do not show up for these cases, and so they are completely dismissed. However, in order to have your case dismissed, you must attend the hearing with me to get it dismissed. If you cannot appear in court with me, in most cases, I can keep the citation off your record but you will have to pay a probation fee to the city. If you received a traffic ticket in the city of Dallas, I can help you try to have it completely dismissed. If you got a speeding ticket in a surrounding city, I can help you understand your options. Contact me today for a consultation with a Dallas area attorney. In Texas, a traffic violation can result in extensive fines, thousands of dollars in increased insurance rates, and even the loss of your driver's license if you accrue too many points. If you are a commercially licensed driver (CDL) who has received a ticket for a traffic violation, you may also be in danger of losing your job. Our firm defends clients in traffic-citation cases in Dallas and the surrounding area involving: Driving without insurance Speeding tickets Running a red light Stop-sign violations Driving without a driver's license Driving with a suspended license Traffic-ordinance violations The legal process in the city of Dallas Municipal Court is different from that outside of the city. We have extensive experience in both. When you contact our firm, we will listen to your needs, answer your questions, and explain what you can expect in court. Contact Jack Byno, Attorney at Law today for a consultation to discuss the facts of your traffic ticket and learn how we can help you protect your rights. Jack Byno, DFW Traffic Ticket & Warrant Attorney, represents traffic ticket defendants with speeding tickets and other traffic tickets and can get your traffic ticket warrants lifted in the following courts: Dallas JP Courts, Addison Municipal Court, Carrollton Municipal Court, Cedar Hill Municipal Court, Cockrell Hill Municipal Court, Combine Municipal Court, Coppell Municipal Court, Dallas Municipal Court, Desoto Municipal Court, Duncanville Municipal Court, Farmers Branch Municipal Court, Ferris Municipal Court, Garland Municipal Court, Glenn Heights Municipal Court, Grand Prairie Municipal Court, Highland Park Municipal Court, Hutchins Municipal Court, Irving Municipal Court, Lancaster Municipal Court, Lewisville Municipal Court, Mesquite Municipal Court, Ovilla Municipal Court, Richardson Municipal Court, Rowlett Municipal Court, Sachse Municipal Court, Seagoville Municipal Court, Sunnyvale Municipal Court, University Park Municipal Court, Wilmer Municipal Court, Collin County JP Courts, Allen Municipal Court, Anna Municipal Court, Blue Ridge Municipal Court, Celina Municipal Court Municipal Court, Fairview Municipal Court, Farmersville Municipal Court, Frisco Municipal Court, Josephine Municipal Court, Lavon Municipal Court, Lowry Municipal Court, Lucas Municipal Court, McKinney Municipal Court, Melissa Municipal Court, Murphy Municipal Court, Nevada Municipal Court, New Hope Municipal Court, Parker Municipal Court, Plano Municipal Court, Princeton Municipal Court, Prosper Municipal Court, Richardson Municipal Court, Royse City Municipal Court, Saint Paul Municipal Court, Van Alstyne Municipal Court, Weston Municipal Court, Wylie Municipal Court, Tarrant County JP Courts, Arlington Municipal Court, Bedford Municipal Court, Colleyville Municipal Court, Euless Municipal Court, Fort Worth Municipal Court, Grapevine Municipal Court, Haltom City Municipal Court, Hurst Municipal Court, Keller Municipal Court, North Richland Hills Municipal Court, Richland Hills Municipal Court, Southlake Municipal Court, Denton County JP Courts, Argyle Municipal Court, Aubrey Municipal Court, Corinth Municipal Court, Cross Roads Municipal Court, Denton Municipal Court, Hickory Creek Municipal Court, , Lake Dallas Municipal Court, Lewisville Municipal Court, Little Elm Municipal Court, Northlake Municipal Court, Pilot Point Municipal Court, Shady ShHighland Village Municipal Courtores Municipal Court, The Colony Municipal Court, Kaufman County JP Courts, Rockwall County JP Courts, Rockwall Municipal Court.

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