Upon receiving a threatening Failure to Appear ticket, your first inclination might be to pay the fine outright. Do not succumb to that temptation. Our traffic lawyers are well-versed in how to get failure to appear dismissed Texas tickets.
Traffic Citation Appearance Requirements
Upon receiving a traffic citation, you are presented with a couple of options on the ticket itself. Your ticket will direct you to pay the fine outright or an end date to contact the court (otherwise known as the appearance date). Each court will have its own specific requirements for what form of contact is acceptable (i.e. phone, Zoom, in person). If you fail to contact the court by the date on your citation, you will be issued an additional ticket for failing to appear.
Violation Payment Consequences
Simply paying the traffic violations outright may carry additional unforeseen consequences, including:
- waiving your right to contest, guilty plea admitted
- ticket(s) added to your permanent driving record
- 10% – 30% increased insurance rate
Deferred Disposition Offers
Often the court may compromise and extend a deferred disposition. In these cases, the court will not convict you on the condition certain requirements are met. Typically these requirements include:
- timely completion of driver’s safety class
- no new tickets received during the deferral period (usually 3-6 months)
Warrant for Arrest
Generally, if you have failed to appear by the court’s standards, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Also, if you’ve received multiple traffic convictions, your license may be subject to suspension. We will negotiate with the court on your behalf to avoid a conviction and seek to have the case dismissed.
How to Get Failure to Appear Dismissed Texas
To get your failure to appear ticket dismissed, hire representation as soon as possible. The longer you have an FTA ticket out (and most likely a warrant) the more likely additional penalties will be levied. Give us a call for a free consultation, and we’ll begin negotiating with the courts for dismissal & removal of warrants. We’re here to help.
It may seem counter-intuitive to hire an attorney on traffic violations but that in most cases it will save you money. If your cases get dismissed then you will own no court cost or fines. Even if the traffic violations are not dismissed, you will still save money since we frequently avoid a conviction. In traffic ticket cases, a conviction will result in points on your driving record, a spike in monthly insurance premiums, and may even result in your license getting suspended. We can always reduce fines on traffic tickets and we are able to take care of your case from start to finish without you ever having to appear in court. To find out how to get failure to appear dismissed Texas, contact our traffic attorneys at (512)-400-7070 for Texas failure to appear defense. We will schedule an initial client consultation to review your citation details and lay out a game plan for traffic citations.
- seeking a dismissal on your traffic infractions
- evaluating and tailoring a creative strategy for your individual case
- explaining the nuances and subtleties of the law in a clear and concise manner
- effectively communicating with you in a way that will exceed your expectations
- and aggressively protecting and defending your rights
We understand times are tough and that there probably hasn’t been a tougher time in your life. Although we could get away with charging exuberant amounts, we prefer not to as we are a law firm by the people, for the people. We do not want you to worry about whether you can afford to hire an attorney to protect and defend your rights. Call us and be surprised at the quality you receive compared to what other law firms will quote you!
Accordingly, the attorneys at AZ Law Firm will always provide you with a free initial consultation. During this initial consultation, our criminal lawyers will evaluate your case, inform you of any legal options that may be available, and allow you to ask any questions that you may have. AZ Law Firm offers affordable rates for all our clients and will work with you on payment plans. Our firm accepts checks, debit cards, and most major credit cards to cover the costs of your legal representation.