It’s an unfortunate truth that unpaid traffic tickets can sometimes result in arrest warrants. A seemingly small and insignificant traffic offense can lead to a huge fine and possible jail time if you do not resolve the issue in a timely manner. If you have learned that there is a warrant for your arrest for an unpaid traffic ticket, what are your options?
How do I pay the fine?
Having an outstanding warrant can create all manner of complications for you. It can make it difficult to do things such as renew your expiring drivers’ license, and you run the risk of being arrested every time you get behind the wheel. It’s best to pay your outstanding fine as quickly as possible in order to resolve the issue.
You have several options for paying a late traffic ticket. You can appear in the San Antonio Municipal Court and pay the fine in person. If you’d rather not appear in person, you can also pay online or by mailing in a check.
Will they arrest me when I appear to pay the fine?
Although you technically could be arrested, it’s not likely to happen. Unless there is a good reason to do so, officers generally will not arrest you if you are appearing in court in order to take care of an outstanding fine.
Can I avoid the ticket by moving?
Arrest warrants follow you no matter where you go. Even if you move out of the jurisdiction of San Antonio’s courts, you still run the risk of an arrest. It’s best to take care of the fine rather than trying to avoid arrest.
It can be very scary to know that the police have an active warrant in your name. If you work to resolve the outstanding fine as quickly as possible, you can minimize the chances of arrest and of having to go through the criminal justice process.