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failure to appear in court

If you fail to pay a traffic ticket/citation or to appear in court on the hearing date (or have your attorney appear on your behalf) the court may issue a warrant for your arrest—and may add the additional charge of failure to appear, which will include additional fines and other potential consequences.

In Texas, if you fail to pay a traffic ticket or citation, or if you do not appear in court on the scheduled hearing date, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. This is also the case if you do not have an attorney appear on your behalf. Additionally, the court may charge you with 'failure to appear,' which can result in extra fines and other potential consequences such as increased insurance rates, a hold on your vehicle registration renewal, and the suspension of your driver's license. It's important to address traffic citations promptly to avoid these additional penalties. Texas courts may also offer options such as defensive driving courses or payment plans to help resolve outstanding citations without further legal action.

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