Tickets Suspending Your Texas Driver's License
HOW DO I FIND MY OUTSTANDING TICKETS?
You can find the ticket(s) on WWW.TEXASFAILURETOSPPEAR.COM.
WHAT DO I DO TO RESOLVE THEM?
You need to contact each court and negotiate a resolution of the case(s) or hire an attorney to do it for you.
HOW DO I FIND THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE COURT? THE WEBSITE DOESN’T GIVE THAT INFO.
The contact information is hidden for some reason. If you click "print" on the bottom of the page, the phone number for the court(s) will show up on the printed page.
I OWE A BUNCH OF MONEY TO A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT COURTS. IS THERE ANY WAY AROUND PAYING THE MONEY?
In most cases, you can get an occupational license. This allows you to drive for both work and regular life activities. However, the driving time is limited to 12 hours a day and there are some fees involved and you will need SR-22 insurance. This will allow you to drive legally for up to 2 years while you resolve the tickets. You can try and get the occupational license by yourself, but it is often very tricky. I recommend using an attorney. We typically charge $1000 to get an occupational license in Travis County. Depending on how much you owe in tickets, this could be the cheapest way to get you back driving legally.
OK. I’D RATHER RESOLVE THE CASES. SHOULD I JUST PAY THE TICKETS?
NO!!! if you just pay the tickets (without negotiating with the court) you are pleading guilty (and being convicted) and your license could be suspended again. This is because a conviction on some types of tickets will automatically suspend your license. For example, a conviction for driving while license invalid will suspend your license again. Multiple convictions can also lead to a license suspension.
WHAT DO I DO THEN?
You need to try and negotiate with the court (either the judge or prosecutor) and get as many cases dismissed as possible and get a “deferral” or "deferred disposition" on any remaining tickets. A “deferral or deferred disposition” result will not suspend your license if you complete the requirements.
IF I ACCEPT A DEFERRED DISPOSITION, WILL I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? LIKE TAKE AN ONLINE DRIVER’S SAFETY CLASS?
Probably. A deferral period is usually 3-6 months and there is often some type of requirement like a driver’s safety course. But these only cost $25 now. Sometimes you have to send something to the court at the end of the deferral period. However, when you complete the terms, the ticket is dismissed and will not suspend your license.
WILL THE JUDGE OR PROSECUTOR OF THE COURT EXPLAIN THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY RESULT ON MY LICENSE?
No. They won’t know. They don’t have access to your driving record and won't want to give you legal advice.
WILL THE COURT ALWAYS NEGOTIATE WITH ME?
Not always. But usually they want to get money from people with outstanding tickets so they will negotiate. They would rather get some money than none. You may have to post a bond (some money) before the court agrees to negotiate with you. Sometimes they will negotiate with an attorney without you having to pay a bond. The goal is to have them remove the OMNI hold.
WHAT IS THE OMNI HOLD?
The OMNI hold is what is preventing you from having an eligible license. It is what Texas courts do to pressure people to take care of tickets. When you resolve the case(s), the court will remove the OMNI hold. You will have to resolve all the cases in every court for the OMNI hold to be completely removed.
CAN AN ATTORNEY NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL?
Usually. An attorney knows how to negotiate effectively with these types of courts. Often you end up paying much less if an attorney negotiates for you. And an attorney will reduce the chances that your license gets suspended again.
CAN AN ATTORNEY JUST MAKE THESE TICKETS GO AWAY?
Unlikely. But they will minimize everything.
BUT I OWE ALL THIS MONEY. I DON’T WANT TO ALSO PAY AN ATTORNEY.
I understand. But an attorney can usually significantly reduce the stress and make sure everything is done correctly. Most times you will save money by hiring an attorney.
WON’T AN ATTORNEY BE EXPENSIVE?
Maybe. It depends on the number or tickets and courts. Contacting a bunch of different courts and negotiating with judges and prosecutors often takes a lot of time. However, in many cases, paying an attorney will reduce the fines and consequences more than the attorney's fee.
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.
No problem. Give us a call or email us. We’re happy to answer any questions.