The most common call Keates Law Firm receives concerning old tickets is "I can't renew my license". That's because most counties and municipalities report old tickets to a central database, called the Texas Onmibase. By "Old tickets," we are referring to class C tickets that have either never never been handled in court, went to warrant, or were never fully paid off after handling them in court. These unresolved Class C Tickets get entered into the DPS Omnibase, and remain there until the court sends a notice that the case and all requires fees have been satisfied.Class C tickets can range from Failure to Appear, Speeding, No Insurance Tickets, DWLI, and even other Class C non-driving offenses such asUnderage Drinking and Alcohol cases.
If a person has never been to court, and never paid the tickets, then an attorney can help get the warrant recalled, and try to resolve the case (hopefully with a dismissal). At that point, the court will send a notice to DPS to clear the Omni hold. There is typically a $70 OMNI and Warrant fee that must be paid prior to removal, independent of the court fees. Depending on the situation, this fee might only be $30 or $40. In rare situations a Judge can waive this, but most Judges will require the OMNI/Warrant fees to be paid, especially if the cases are being dismissed.
One of the best defenses is to make sure the prosecuting agency has actually 'filed' the case, and followed the procedures to preserve the Statute of Limitations. If not, then the tickets should be dismissed -- but the Omni and Warrant Fees above will still be required.
If you'd like to talk in detail about your situation, or if you have questions, contact us for a Free Case Consultation. Keep in mind, Keates Law Firm only practices in Austin and Travis County.
Hiring the right attorney from the beginning is important. Poor legal decisions will have a negative effect upon the case as it progresses. The Keates Law Firm has over 16+ Years Experience handling Old Tickets cases. Our focus is to try and have the case dismissed against you. We don't even discuss pleas until all legal and negotiation options have been explored in detail.
Your goal should be Dismissal for any Class C ticket. While not every case can be dismissed, there are some way to negotiate a dismissal that still will avoid any suspensions and hefty fees. Keates Law Firm has experience with all of the municipal Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts in Travis County, and can help.
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