I have a bench warrant in San Antonio.. I’m in Abilene.. If I go into the local DMV to get my DL will I be arrested?

The warrant is for failure to pay a
150.00’s in fines..

Asked on April 3, 2017 under Criminal Law, Texas


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Probably not; typically the DMV does not perform any type of warrant search. That having been said, while it probably will not turn up, it could. Different states have different procedures. The fact is that you really need to clear this up. Warrants do not expire, so you will have to worry about this indefinitely and that's no way to live. As I said, it might run up at the DMV but it will definitely turn up in a traffic stop, most employment background checks and for other things. Right now, you should consult with an attorney who practices in the area of where the warrant was issued; they can best advise you further.

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