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Understanding The Document Used By Lawyers To Lift Warrants For Traffic Tickets
Attorneys That Lift Warrants For Tickets
When you hire a lawyer to lift warrants for traffic tickets, the warrants don’t just magically disappear. Attorneys must file formal documents with the court that meet certain legal standards. These documents hold both the lawyer and the client accountable to the case after the warrant is removed. This article is intended to outline the documentation needed to lift a warrant for traffic tickets in North Texas and what those documents mean. If you would like to discuss your warrants for traffic tickets in Texas with our lawyers after reading this article, feel free to contact our office at 214-321-4105.
The Appearance Bond
An appearance bond is the document used to lift warrants for traffic tickets. This document contains specific promises to the court. If those promises are broken, then the lawyer can be sued in a civil proceeding referred to as a “nisi hearing.” The client can have a second warrant issued for their arrest if they fail to adhere to any conditions that negotiated as a part of a plea agreement on the case after the attorney attends court. This helps to keep all parties involved honest throughout the process. The specific language of an appearance bond is normally as follows:
That we, [client], as Principal and the undersigned Jeffrey J Beltz as Surety, are held and firmly bound unto the State of Texas, for the use and benefit of the [court], Texas in the penal sum of _____________________________________________ dollars ($_______________), and in addition thereto, we are bound for the payment of all necesary and reasonable fees and expenses incurred by any and all Sheriffs or other Peace Officers in rearresting the Principal in the event the Principal violates the conditions of this bond; and for payment of this sum or sums well and truly made, we hereby jointly and severally bind ourselves, our heirs and legal representatives.
The condition of this Bond is that the Principal has been charged with the misdemeanor offense, to wit: [offense charged with], and to secure the Principal’s release from custody, we are entering into this obligation binding Principal to appear before [court].
Now, therefore, if Principal shall well and truly make Principal’s appearance before [court] located at [address of court], on the _____ day of ____________________, 20_____ at _____:_____ am/pm and there remain from day to day and to further before any [court] or Magistrate thereof before whom said cause may thereafter be pending, until discharged by due course of law; then and there to answer said accusation against Principal, then this obligation shall become void, otherwise to remain in full force and effect.
What The Language Means
This language contains a promise to appear at any other scheduled court hearings. Normally the attorney will appear on behalf of their clients after a warrant is removed. This allows the client to not have to take off work or school to resolve the ticket. The attorney will either get the case dismissed at the hearing if there is legal cause to do so or negotiate a deal to resolve the ticket. Thereafter, it becomes the responsibility of the client to keep their end of the bargain on any negotiated terms reached by their lawyer. If you would like to discuss specific details of an appearance bond or how our lawyers could help you lift warrants for traffic tickets, call us today at 214-321-4105.