If there is a warrant out for your arrest in Texas, you need to have a basic understanding of what that entails and what you need to do to rectify the situation. There are a variety of circumstances in which a Texas court can issue an arrest warrant, and addressing the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible is always in your best interests.
Issuing an Arrest Warrant
In the State of Texas, the court can issue an arrest warrant against you for any number of reasons, including:
- You fail to appear in court when you are scheduled to do so.
- You fail to respond to a ticket within 11 days of it having been issued.
- You fail to pay a fine assessed by a judge.
- You fail to complete a required Driving Safety Course without having an acceptable reason for doing so.
- You violate a term of your probation and have it revoked.
- You default on a payment arrangement that you set up through the court.
- You fail to comply with your community service requirements.
- You fail to comply with any type of court order, such as a restraining order.
In other words, if you fail to comply with orders issued by the court, it can issue a warrant against you. Such warrants are known as bench warrants.
Living with an arrest warrant hanging over your head is a uniquely stressful situation. Whatever the circumstances are that led to the warrant, it is important to recognize that your situation is unique to its own set of defining factors and must be dealt with accordingly. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that is the best legal path forward for every warrant.
Arrest Warrant vs. Bench Warrant
If a crime has been committed, and the court determines that there is sufficient evidence indicating that you are the person responsible, it can issue a warrant for your arrest. An arrest warrant means that the police may be actively seeking your arrest. A bench warrant, on the other hand, is less strict but can still lead to arrest. A bench warrant is typically issued by the judge for missteps such as failure to appear or failure to pay child support. While the police are not likely to seek your arrest over a bench warrant, if you are stopped for a traffic violation – or anything else – the bench warrant will come into play, and you can be arrested.