Arrest Warrants are issued by the court, and are signed by a judge or magistrate. They are the court's way of saying, "We need you at court to deal with your case, but we don't know where you are." An arrest warrant tells the Austin police or Travis County Sheriff to bring you in whenever they have contact with you. The Austin warrant lawyers at Tillman Braniff can help locate existing warrants and advise you on the best way to proceed in clearing them.
Traffic Ticket Warrants are issued when someone fails to pay their ticket fines for traffic offenses. There is often a license suspension associated with this situation as well. These warrants are typically issued by the Austin Municipal Court in order to get people to pay up. They can often be cleared up by simply calling the Austin Municipal Court and starting a payment plan. Generally the warrant will be lifted once you start making payments. It is important to know that tickets must be handled in the jurisdiction where you got the ticket. If you have tickets in multiple counties, you will have to deal with each county individually to clear them.
Bond Forfeiture Warrants are issued by the court when a person fails to appear for court after being released on bond. They can be from District Court, County Court, or the municipal or community court. In Austin, they are generally executed by the Travis County Sheriff's Office. A bond is a promise to appear at court, generally with a dollar amount attached to that promise. Once a bond is forfeited, the county pursues the money with a civil suit for the amount of the bond. In order to clear up these types of bonds, it is usually necessary to settle up the civil suit at the same time before the court will put the case back on the docket. An Austin warrant lawyer can make the process much easier to understand and clear up.
The Austin Police Department executes warrants on people who have been charged with criminal offenses, including traffic tickets. Officers can come directly to your house or work to try to find you, or they may discover your warrant during a traffic stop. If you are arrested, you will be taken downtown to the Travis County Jail to be booked and see a Magistrate to set bond conditions. You may contact an attorney from the jail to arrange for a personal bond.
A walk-through is a voluntary surrender on a warrant where the bond has already been arranged. If you find out you are wanted, an Austin warrant lawyer or bondsman can work out the bond while the warrant is still pending. After the bond is signed and ready, you can then safely turn yourself in knowing you will be released after being booked. This is obviously much better than being arrested in your car or at work.
Even if you don't know whether an active warrant exists, if you have been contacted by the police or an investigator, it is advisable to contact a criminal defense attorney. Our Austin warrant lawyers can advise you of and protect your rights, as well as acting as a defender between you and the government. If you or a loved one have an active warrant or have been contacted by law enforcement, call our office to set up a free consultation.