Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Maybe some of your questions are answered below. If you have a question that’s not covered in this FAQs section, call us anytime at 214.382.0900.
Q) The Traylor Law Firm bonded me out. When do I go to court?
A) We will mail your court date to the address we were given when you were bonded. You may call us at 214.382.0900 to check your date. Your court date will usually be a couple of weeks to several months after you were bonded.
Q) The police didn’t read me my rights. Does that invalidate my arrest?
A) One of our favorite FAQs because people think they know the answer but they usually don’t. The answer is, “No.” Though TV and movies make you think otherwise, the police don’t have to read your rights before an arrest. They only need to do so if they intend to use your testimony against you in court. And sometimes, not even then. That doesn’t mean they always handle these matters correctly. Police officers can make many mistakes. Some will invalidate arrests and disqualify evidence. The Traylor Law Firm helps its clients evaluate whether correct search and seizure and arrest procedures were followed in their cases.
Q) The officer made a mistake on my ticket. Can it be dismissed?
A) It depends on the mistake. Many things on a ticket do not have to be proven in court to get a conviction. Some mistakes can lead to dismissal. Others may only be used to show that the officer’s other actions may have been similarly flawed.
Q) Do I have to turn myself in for you to lift my warrants?
A) That depends on the type of warrant. For class C violations, (tickets), the Traylor Law Firm can post attorney bonds to get a court date and remove the warrants. In more serious cases, it depends on what caused the warrants to issue. Because a warrant is simply a way of getting people to court, sometimes we can lift warrants even in more serious cases without an arrest or bond.
Q) I think my license may be suspended. How do I get it fixed so I can drive legally?
A) The State that issued your license will control what must be done to lift a suspension. The Texas Department of Public Safety website is available on our links page. You can check to see if your license is suspended, why it is suspended, and what needs to be done to drive legally again. Sometimes people have merely been denied renewal because of old tickets. The Warrant Hotline on our links page can inform you of any holds on your license. We can check whether we can help clear your holds. Call 214.382.0900 or send us your name, date of birth, driver’s license number and last 4 digits of your social security number via our contact page.
Q) What is deferred adjudication?
A) This is one of our favorite FAQs because we hear it a lot. Deferred Adjudication is a type of probation in which the court finds you guilty but waits to enter that finding of guilt. Instead, they give you a chance to complete a probation. If you then complete the terms of probation, a finding of guilt will never be entered and your case will be dismissed. In deferreds for class C violations there is no monthly meeting with a probation officer.
Q) I was stopped for speeding but the officer would not show me the radar/lidar. Don’t they have to show it if I ask?
A) Another of our favorite FAQs. No. That is purely a myth. The primary concern for police during a traffic stop is safety. They have no duty to show the laser or radar to a citizen.
Q) I sat out all my tickets but now they’re saying I have warrants. I haven’t gotten any tickets since my arrest. How could that be?
A) We hear this a lot. Often we find they had older tickets that were in warrant STATUS but not ACTIVE warrants. This means the warrants could not be served at the time of their last arrest. They think they cleared all their tickets by going to jail. But we find that warrants remained on old tickets that were inactive. Later, when agencies activate these old warrants, they can still be arrested. We can help find warrants to keep you from going back to jail.
Thanks for reading our FAQs. If you have any questions about these or any other related matters, call us at 214.382.0900.