Garland Traffic Tickets – Warrants That Become Convictions That Become Surcharges

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This time of year many people across North Texas will end up getting a warrant roundup notice in the mail telling them to rush down to Garland Municipal Court and pay off their tickets to avoid arrest.  The letter will entice people into doing this by saying that payment plans can be entered into and the warrants will be removed.  However, that can end up costing those with outstanding warrants in Garland more than the actual ticket.  This article is intended to explain how that is possible.  If you would like to discuss your outstanding warrants in Garland with an experienced lawyer contact our office today.

How Convictions Happen – Avoiding The Big Mistake

Easiest way to put it is that conviction occur by defendants making two simple mistakes.  These mistakes are as follows:

  • Paying Tickets Off At The Window – Paying a ticket off at the window of a court is the equivalent of being found guilty at trial.  Many do not realize this and choose to resolve tickets this way because they are worried more about the warrant than the long term effects of a conviction.  The authority of courts to treat payments for warrants as convictions is located in Article 27.14 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Entering Into A Payment Plan With The Court – Payment plans are the same as above.  Once the payment plan is entered into, the client is automatically found guilty of the offense and the conviction is sent to DPS and reported as a conviction on that person’s record.
  • Doing Time Served On Tickets – Time served is the same as a payment in the eyes of the law.  Therefore, you sit in jail only to be charged again by DPS for the convictions reported as a result of the jail time you serve.

How Convictions Cost You More Than The Ticket

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Everything in our world is electronically reported.  From what people had for dinner to what their cat did while they were at work.  It is no different regarding your tickets.  The only difference is the purpose of reporting a ticket on your record is to generate more money for The State of Texas.  Convictions cause points to accrue on your driving record.  These points cause penalty fees to be assessed against you.  If you do not pay the penalties, then your license is declared invalid indefinitely until you do.  There are countless examples of people who have been taken advantage of in this way without realizing what was happening.  For a great article of one man who was financially burdened with surcharges click here.

A basic scale of how much surcharges can cost someone is listed below as follows:

   Point System

Points are assessed for traffic convictions.  Once the conviction has been added to the driver record, points are assigned and remain on the driver record for three years from the date of conviction.

  1. Two points are assessed for a Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction.
  2. Three points are assessed for a Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction that resulted in a crash.

NOTE: Points are not assessed for individuals who take defensive driving.

Individuals who have six or more points on their driver record are assessed a surcharge every year they maintain six or more points. Surcharges amounts are:

  1. $100 for the first six points on a driver record.
  2. $25 for each additional point after six.
   Conviction Based

Individuals who receive a conviction for one of the offenses listed in the chart below will pay an annual surcharge for three years from the date of conviction. Points are not assessed for these offenses because the surcharge is automatic upon conviction.

Convictions are added to the driver record once DPS receives notification from the court. As a result, there may be a delay between the date of the actual conviction and when the conviction is added to a driver record.

Type of Conviction Surcharge*
1st Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Texas or out-of state conviction for DWI, Intoxication Assault or Manslaughter
Subsequent DWI
Texas or out-of state conviction for DWI, Intoxication Assault or Manslaughter
DWI with Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.16 or More
Texas or out-of state conviction
No Insurance $250
Driving While License Invalid (DWLI)
Driver license is canceled, suspended, denied or revoked
No Driver License
No driver license or commercial driver license, an expired license or endorsement violation(s)
*The surcharge amount is assessed every year for three years.

No Insurance Conviction

Individuals convicted of No Insurance but who had insurance at the time of the offense can submit proof of insurance to DPS. The suspension for the No Insurance offense will be waived but the individual must still pay the surcharge.

 For more information about the surcharge program in Texas click here.

If you have warrants for your arrest in Garland for traffic tickets let an attorney evaluate your case first.  Many times they can help you avoid all of these penalties.  For information about how we do that, you can watch the video posted on our warrants landing page by clicking here.