The Statute of Limitations is 2 years, but if there was a complaint, sworn to by the officer, on file before the 2 year mark, then the Statute of Limitations is a non-issue. I would recommend that you hire an attorney to represent you on the tickets. An attorney could help to minimize the cost and collateral impact of the tickets. Simply paying the no insurance ticket will result in you paying surcharges for the next 3 years.
If the tickets are in capias pro fine status, you will have to pay them in full to release the warrant...
I think what most people get mixed up is the "capias fine part"...If you have made an agreement with the court and didn't uphold that agreement, no there is no statue of limitations on that. There for there will be a warrant until in fact you pay the remainder of what you owe.
Now, yes in Texas there is a statue of limitations on most speeding tickets and moving violations as they are considered a Class C Misdemeanor. If you never showed up in court or made arrangements and/or acknowledged the fine, then at the end of that 2 year time period the violations cease to be available for prosecution. The warrant can only be upheld if there violations remains. And if the violation is void after 2 years, the court can no longer uphold the warrant. Which is why none of you were arrested after being stopped or renewing your licenses.More
Sorry I was told my question was a little vague so I will try again. And no there are no typos in the dates! The tickets are from 1997, they became warrants in 2004 and it is now 2015 and we are just now finding out about this. I was doing some internet checking on my husband today, and a website showed he had an outstanding warrant. So I called the court of the city listed. The lady at the court told me there were actually three tickets. 1. on Aug 23 1997, 2. on Oct 20 1997, and the third on Oct 28, 1997. The first and last were for no insurance and the middle one was for invalid registration. Neither of us remember any of this. I would have remember him getting a ticket on the 20th and another 8 days later. The lady at the court said these had become warrants for his arrest on Mar 8 2004. My husband has been stopped for a ticket, had several background checks, had the Navy do a security clearance check and taken the state inspectors test since 2004. This has never shown up. We had no idea until today. I question this because number one, the court (or whoever turns a ticket into a warrant) waited 7 years to turn it into a warrant. (State of Texas). Number two, when you take the inspectors test they check to see if you have outstanding warrants and nothing came up. So my question is isn't there a statue of limitation on a traffic ticket between the time the ticket was written and it turned into a warrant. When I asked can they do this. I meant can the State of Texas issue a warrant after 7 years on a simple non moving violation? This has never come up and we were never notified of anything. And suddenly this city in Texas wants us to pay almost $1,000.00 for something we could not possibly fight. I feel like the Navy would have found an outstanding warrant when they did his security clearance check (that's kind of something they frown on).
We found out that my husband supposedly received a ticket for no insurance on 23 Aug 1997. That became a arrest warrant on 8 Mar 2008. It is now Feb 2015! My husband has been stopped since then, he went to take his state inspectors test, has had a couple of background checks and the Navy has done a security search for his security clearance. At NOW time has this thing showed up. Can they do this?