Can You Go to Jail for a Traffic Ticket?
Penalties for ticketed traffic violations in Texas range from fines to license suspensions and revocations, but not incarceration. Nevertheless, you could still find yourself in jail for committing such offenses.
Under to the Texas Transportation Code, “Any peace officer may arrest without warrant a person found committing a violation of this subtitle.” This means that police officers have the authority to arrest you, in their discretion, for committing a traffic violation.
In actuality, arrests for traffic infractions are rare. Usually, an office will issue a citation or a notice to appear in court, depending on the seriousness of the violation.
The Texas code directs a police officer to issue a written notice to appear in court if the violation is for:
- using a wireless communication device
- having an open container of alcohol in a passenger area of a vehicle
In any of those scenarios, you will be obliged to sign the written notice to appear. If you fail to do so, the officer can arrest you.
You could also find yourself in jail if you sign a written notice to appear in court and then actually fail to appear on your court date. This act is considered a misdemeanor and a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
To learn more about the potentially serious legal consequences of a traffic violation, consult with an experienced defense attorney at The Law Firm of Richard L. Ellison P.C. Call us at 844-337-5819 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.