Some 300 local law enforcement agencies statewide have joined forces for 2017’s Great Texas Warrant Roundup.
If you’ve got active arrest warrants on old, unpaid citations, you’ll be notified up until late February, via mail and telephone.
You’ll be advised to contact a municipal, JP, or county court and encouraged to pay off outstanding fines, during a deceptively titled “grace period.”
Don’t be fooled.
Simply paying a fine (even if it is reduced or court costs are waived) to resolve a citation means it WILL go to your record.
That means higher insurance premiums, points on your driver’s license, even surcharges.
If you pay off a fine associated with a citation for a moving violation you will have a conviction on your driving record. You will be assigned 2 points on your license under Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program.
If you pay off a fine associated with citations for driving without insurance, driving while license invalid, or driving without a license, you’ll be assessed ‘Conviction Surcharges’ ranging from $100 to $250 per year, for three years.
During the Roundup itself, if you have outstanding warrants, you can be arrested.
If that happens , you’ll have to post a bond in the full amount of your unpaid fines to get out of jail.