2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-up

In a few weeks, the 2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-up will be underway.  When it begins, hundreds of law enforcement agencies from around the state will be aggressively looking for you, if you have an active warrant out for your arrest.  You may visited at your home or office by a police officer or constable, who will seek to place you in handcuffs and take you to jail, courtesy of the Great Texas Warrant Round-up of 2014.

Many of the press releases regarding the 2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-up are misleading.  More specifically, law enforcement agencies often use the term amnesty when describing how they encourage you to resolve your outstanding traffic ticket warrants during the 2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-up.  Typically, law enforcement’s version of amnesty involves your going to the courthouse, at some specified time, and paying your traffic ticket warrants, in a an amount that is slightly less than what you would ordinarily pay.

What they don’t tell you is that, in so doing, you are required to plead either “guilty” or “no contest” to the charges you resolve in this manner.  In so doing, you end up being convicted of the charge.  Traffic ticket convictions can have serious long-term consequences.  For example, if you’re convicted of a “no insurance” ticket, your conviction will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin.  In turn, this agency will impose a $750 surcharge, of which they later notify you by mail.  If you fail to pay this surcharge, your drivers license will be suspended.  Additionally, if you’ve had a prior “no insurance” conviction, your license to drive will be suspended, because you now have two “no insurance” convictions.

In other words, under these facts, your drivers license can actually be suspended, in two different ways, simply by resolving your “no insurance” citation through one of these state-sponsored amnesty programs.  Amnesty still sounding like a good idea?  Of course not!  I’ve given you just one example why you never want to simply pay your traffic tickets, whether they’re in warrant or not.

There are countless other examples I could give, but please understand the point: these amnesty programs are a sham, perpetrated by the state, in an effort to raise money, and with an utter lack of regard for the consequences you may suffer for participating in these programs.  Shamnesty programs is a more fitting term.  Why suffer these types of penalties needlessly, when a lawyer can post an attorney bond for you, remove whatever warrants you may have, and, in most case, resolve the charge in a manner that avoids your being convicted of the offense?  However, the time to act is now!  The Great Texas Warrant Round-up of 2014 is about to begin.