Texas Surcharge Fees

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Many people don’t even know surcharges exist.  However, if you receive a traffic ticket and pay the fine, you may be signing up for expensive surcharge fees that are imposed by the State of Texas.  In Texas, surcharges obtain when you’re convicted of certain traffic violations.  For example, if you receive a traffic ticket for not having valid insurance on your vehicle, your first inclination may be to go online, or run down to the courthouse, and pay the fine.  Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that, in so doing, they’ve resolved their obligations on the ticket.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

When you pay the fine on a traffic ticket, you are convicted of the offense.  Traffic ticket convictions are reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  When the State of Texas receives notice that you’ve been convicted of a “no insurance” violation, a $250 surcharge is imposed for three years.  To be clear, this surcharge is an additional $750 you’re required to pay, in addition to the fine you paid to the court.  Failure to pay surcharges can result in the loss of driving privileges.  In addition, multiple insurance violation convictions can cause your license to be suspended (i.e., separate and apart from the consequences you may suffer as a result of the surcharge fees).

The “no insurance” scenario is but one example of how you may incur surcharge fees.  There are many others.  For example, under some circumstances, a DWI conviction can result in a total of $6000 in surcharges!  Unfortunately, most people have no idea that they’ve incurred surcharge fees until it’s too late to do anything about them.  Don’t fall prey to Texas surcharges!  If you’ve been cited for a traffic offense, or arrested for DWI, contact an attorney to insure that your rights are protected.

2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup

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The 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup is about to begin!  The official staring date of the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup hasn’t been released.  However, these warrant roundups usually begin in February and continue for several months.  During the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, a combined effort involving numerous jurisdictions throughout the State of Texas is unleashed.  Police officers, county sheriffs, constables and sheriffs deputies work together, going to great lengths to serve outstanding arrest warrants.  If you have an arrest warrant issued in your name, you are at risk during the Great Texas Warrant Roundup of 2015.  If you are subject to arrest, a law enforcement may come to your home, school, or office and take you into custody.

Don’t wait to be arrested!  If you have outstanding traffic ticket warrants, a lawyer can post an attorney bond and remove the warrants without your having to go to jail.  Even if your arrest warrant is for a more serious misdemeanor, or even a felony, an attorney may be able to post a personal recognizance bond or an attorney bail bond on your behalf, and work with you to seek a favorable resolution to your criminal case.  For a list of jurisdicitions that are participating in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup of 2015 please click here.

Texas Improper Photography Statute Held Unconstitutional

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Last Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals held the improper photography statute unconstitutional, “to the extent that it proscribes the taking of photographs and the recording of visual images.”  Citing 1st Amendment “Free Speech” grounds, the court reasoned that taking photographs in public places is constitutionally protected, because they are considered to be “protected expression.”  Therefore, “the act that creates the end product” should be afforded similar protection.

Dallas Live Chat Attorney

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 Need to speak with a Dallas criminal defense attorney, but are reluctant to call a law firm on the phone? Perhaps you want to simply ask a quick question. Or maybe you’re at work, and you don’t want your co-workers to overhear your conversation. The solution is live online chat.

Our website now features Live Chat, which allows you to speak with someone from our office, online, without even having to pick up the phone. We’re available during normal business hours (and, sometimes, after hours) to answer your questions, schedule appointments, and

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Texas Surcharges

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Have Texas surcharges been assessed against your drivers license?  Under Texas law, the Texas Department of Public Safety can assess Texas surcharges against your drivers license, either because you have been convicted of certain offenses, or because you accrued “points” against your driving record.  For example, if you are convicted of a “no drivers license” violation, a Texas surcharge in the amount of

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Dallas Probation Violation Lawyer

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If you’ve been placed on probation, and are alleged to have violated your probation, a prosecutor may have filed a motion to revoke your probation.  If you’re on deferred adjudication probation, the motion filed to allege a probation violation is referred to as a motion to proceed to an adjudication of guilt.  In either instance, a probation violation warrant has likely been issued for your arrest, and you are at risk of

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Dallas Warrant Attorney

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Do you have arrest warrants in Dallas County.  If so, you could be arrested, at any time, at your home, school, office, or even during a routine traffic stop.  Dallas County warrants can be served not only in Dallas County, but throughout the state.  In fact, certain arrest warrants can even be served in other states and countries.

If you have a Dallas warrant, you should act quickly to avoid arrest.  The type of warrant you have dictates the appropriate action to be taken.

If you’ve been charged with a crime, but not yet arrested, there may be an arrest warrant issued

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TX Surcharge Attorney

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Do you owe Tx surcharges?  When you are convicted of certain offenses in Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety imposes Texas surcharge fees against you.  Failure to pay these TX surcharge fees can result in a suspsension of your Texas drivers license, or make it so that you are unable to renew your license.  These TX surcharges are imposed, separate and apart from any fine you may receive from the court.

For example, when you’re convicted of

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