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Understanding How Your Driver License Has A Hold On It In Texas
Richardson Traffic Ticket Lawyer
If you have a hold on your driver license due to outstanding traffic tickets then there are certain steps you must take in order to remove the hold without causing further harm to your record. If you do not take the appropriate steps, then your driver license privileges can be suspended even further. This article is intended to help those that have a hold on their license understand the OMNI system and what to do. If you would like to discuss your driver license hold with our experienced Richardson traffic ticket lawyers after reading this article, feel free to contact our office at 214-321-4105.
The OMNI System In Texas
The basic structure of the OMNI system in Texas requires courts that have outstanding citations to report those citations to the OMNI database. Once that occurs, DPS will then place a hold on the person’s ability to renew their driving privileges. The hold cannot be removed until two steps occur. First, any warrant that has been issued must be removed. This is done by a lawyer posting an appearance bond on behalf of the defendant. Second, an omni fee must be paid to the court that has placed the hold. This omni fee is normally $30.00 per offense that has been reported to the database. The law that requires these steps be taken is as follows:
Sec. 706.005. CLEARANCE NOTICE TO DEPARTMENT. (a) A political subdivision shall immediately notify the department that there is no cause to continue to deny renewal of a person’s driver’s license based on the person’s previous failure to appear or failure to pay or satisfy a judgment ordering the payment of a fine and cost in the manner ordered by the court in a matter involving an offense described by Section 706.002(a), on payment of a fee as provided by Section 706.006 and:
(1) the perfection of an appeal of the case for which the warrant of arrest was issued or judgment arose;
(2) the dismissal of the charge for which the warrant of arrest was issued or judgment arose, other than a dismissal with prejudice by motion of the appropriate prosecuting attorney for lack of evidence;
(3) the posting of bond or the giving of other security to reinstate the charge for which the warrant was issued;
(4) the payment or discharge of the fine and cost owed on an outstanding judgment of the court; or
(5) other suitable arrangement to pay the fine and cost within the court’s discretion.
(b) The department may not continue to deny the renewal of the person’s driver’s license under this chapter after the department receives notice:
(1) under Subsection (a);
(2) that the person was acquitted of the charge on which the person failed to appear;
(3) that the charge on which the person failed to appear was dismissed with prejudice by motion of the appropriate prosecuting attorney for lack of evidence; or
(4) from the political subdivision that the failure to appear report or court order to pay a fine or cost relating to the person:
(A) was sent to the department in error; or
(B) has been destroyed in accordance with the political subdivision’s records retention policy.
Hire A Lawyer For A Hold On Your License
In order to ensure that the hold is removed without causing a conviction on your record, the way described above is the only proper way to do it. This will require an experienced traffic ticket attorney in your area to do it. Our Richardson traffic ticket lawyers can assist you with any case in the North Texas area. Feel free to contact our traffic ticket attorneys today at 214-321-4105