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Texas Traffic Ticket Violations
We defend against all Texas Ticket or Driving Violations. Also, we can help lift warrants by posting a BOND.

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  Speeding Tickets Speeding tickets are one of the more common driving tickets. The penalties vary depending on the speed of the vehicle and the speed limit. These types of tickets are also one of the most dangerous types of tickets that effect insurance rates.  
  No Insurance Tickets The State of Texas requires each operator of a motor vehicle to maintain a certain minimum amount of liability insurance. The State requires this to prove that you will be able to pay for any damage you may cause as a driver. This is a serious offense, and is usually a higher priced ticket.  
  No Driver License Tickets The State of Texas requires you to have a driver’s license to operate a vehicle. Although these tickets are easily dismissed, they most often accompany other violations and become more difficult to deal with.  
  Accident Tickets Tickets are often issued when an accident occurs to either one or both of the parties. These tickets are often higher priced tickets and are often accompanied with insurance claims.  
  Traffic Signals A traffic signal ticket is issued most commonly when someone runs through a red light or does not follow procedure when the lights are blinking.  
  Stop Sign Tickets Stop sign tickets are issued when someone runs or rolls through a stop sign and does not come to a complete stop.  
School Bus
All drivers from both directions are required to stop when a school bus has stopped to let students off. The State of Texas takes these violations seriously since it involves the safety of children.  
  Reckless Driving Reckless driving tickets are issued when the driver of the car operates his car in a manner that is dangerous to others. The officer has considerably more discretion when issuing this type of ticket and they are often higher priced.  
  DOT Violations DOT stands for the Texas Department of Transportation and are tickets that are issued by highway patrol.  
  Curfew Violations Individuals under the age of 18 have a standard curfew of 12:00 Midnight. If they are caught past that time a ticket with a fine will be issued.  
  Trucking Violations Truck drivers make their livings from driving across Texas and the laws that regulate them are very strict. When a truck driver receives a ticket it threatens his availability to make a living and it is recommended to contact an attorney immediately.  
  Moving Violations vs. Non-Moving Violations Moving and Non-Moving violations do not refer to violations that you get when you are moving or not moving. It refers to how long and when a ticket will be applied to your record.  
  Ordinance Violations Ordinance violations refer to when a car or truck is not in compliance with safety ordinances.  
  CDL Violations CDL stands for Commercial Driver’s License and are required when certain vehicles are operated such as trucks, tractors, and buses. CDL violations threaten the driver’s ability to make a living and should be taken very seriously.  
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Taxes Based on Your Driving Record
The Texas Transportation Code has a new Chapter following the 2003 Legislature in Austin. Chapter 708 of the Transportation Code is titled the "Driver Responsibility Program." You, Your family and your clients will all notice these new taxes based on your driving record in the coming years. The Legislature refers to these new TAXES as SURCHARGES.

(a) The driver's license of a person accumulates a point under this subchapter as of the date the
department records a conviction of the person under Section 521.042 or other applicable law.
(b) For each conviction arising out of a separate transaction, the department shall assign points to a person's license as follows:

(1) Two points for a moving violation of the traffic law of this state or another state that is not described by Subdivision (2); and
(2) Three points for a moving violation of the traffic law of this state, another state, or a political subdivision of this or another state that resulted, in an accident.

Each year, the department shall assess a surcharge on the license of a person who has accumulated six or more points under this subchapter during the preceding 36-month period.

SEC. 708.054. SURGHARGE. The amount of a surcharge under this chapter is $100 for the first six points and $25 for each additional point.

The "surcharge" is paid each year for three years! If you don't pay a surcharge, the Department of Public Safety will automatically suspend your license.

Also Note: If your client receives a single conviction of Driving While License Suspended or No Financial Responsibility (i.e. No Auto Liability Insurance), points don't matter; your client owes a surcharge of $250 per year for three years. Driving with No Valid Operators License (No TDL) will result in a surcharge of $100 per year for three years.

When will this new program start? It already has. The new points system and all the surcharges above apply to convictions that become final beginning September 1, 2003.

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