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Traffic Ticket Lawyer Discusses Changes with NTTA Toll Violations
TRAFFIC TICKET LAWYER DISCUSSES CHANGES WITH NTTA TOLL VIOLATIONS
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The toll authority was just granted approval by the Texas legislature to “farm out” collection services to a collection law firm by the name of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson. This collection agency is authorized by the Toll Road Authority to attempt to collect any outstanding toll road fees owed to the NTTA. Many people are already getting calls from this collection agency in regard to their toll violations. The result of these conversations are very sobering. Linebarger has incentive to collect as much as possible because it is paid based on the amount of revenue generated. For this reason, the normal reductions that can be worked out with NTTA are not being discussed with people who have outstanding tolls. They are also telling people that they will refer the case back to NTTA to file criminal charges against the alleged violator so that a warrant can be issued for the arrest of that person. This type of collection tactic for any other type of debt would be considered a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE:
Call their bluff. Don’t give Linebarger a single red cent. Tell them that they need to refer the cases back to the NTTA. NTTA will then file a class “c” misdemeanor against the toll violator. At that point an attorney can go in and lift the warrant. Once the warrant is lifted the traffic ticket attorney can then negotiate a lower fee payable to NTTA directly. This lower fee usually only amounts the actual amount of the tolls that were run. For example, our traffic ticket lawyers have seen cases as high as $50,000.00 be reduced to the original amount of $2500.00. Just recently our ticket lawyers negotiated a deal in JP 3-2 Dallas County where the clients outstanding balance was reduced from $2800.00 to $253.00. The client had 4 toll road violations that were filed in this court. 3 out of the 4 violations were dismissed as well.
Do not allow the legislature to create a bigger bully than is necessary to collect to tolls. This alliance the NTTA has entered into with Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson is incentive by greed, not by any real measure of fairness. The best deal you are going to get is by negotiating directly with NTTA, not through a collection agency. Traffic ticket attorneys are still able to do this at a very high rate of success.