How to handle this Warrant

I wrecked my car almost 2 years ago but there were no other cars or people involved. I was informed by my parents to leave my car overnight and get AAA to get it in the morning. My car was towed overnight and I was issued 5 tickets through the mail and issued a court date while I was away at college. I missed the court date and was issued a warrant. I am trying to figure out the best way to handle this. If I were to turn myself in how long will I be in jail and how would this process go?

Asked on May 11, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can handle it a couple of different ways.
The easiest, but not necessarily best way, is to simply contact the clerk of the court over the phone and arrange for a plea and payment of all of the tickets.
The alternative, is to be arrested and post a bond on the new allegations.  Many tickets are cash bonds.  This means that if the bond is for $100, then you will actually have to have $100 to bond out.  The exact amount of the bond will depend on the judge that is handling your case.  You can call the clerk and find out the amount of the bond.
The second alternative is to hire a ticket attorney to walk you through the process and help you resolve the case.  Attorneys do a variety of cases... but you really want a ticket attorney who is familiar with the process, knows the prosecutors, and can you access to the best deals.


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