Q: Can a 15 yr old traffic ticket in my maiden name still be pursued or can it be dismissed since it's not my legal name?
A small TX county sent me a postcard saying I had an outstanding criminal case against me pending. Called the county and was told their software was updated so all outstanding tickets were being pursued. No warrant yet, drivers license eligibility is still good. Need to find out how far back TX DPS records go because I intend to prove I took Defensive Driving to remove this ticket 15 years back. Problem is I dont have records that far back now and I was told that the DPS records only go back 10 years. How can I be pursued 15 years later for an old ticket? Seems fishy and like the County is trying to find Suckers to help keep their county operating by pursuing bogus claims. I am confident I would've taken DD to keep my record clean. The county also won't send me the citation until I send them a copy of my current driver's license (my legal name is different and has been the last 15 years). I just moved a month ago and suddenly this postcard showed up to my new address in my maiden name.
A: Yes, a 15 year old traffic ticket can still be prosecuted even if the citation was issued in your maiden name and you are now married. The question is: were you the individual who was issued the ticket back then, regardless of what your name was or is now. Request an abstract of your record from the DOS. Calling an attorney would probably help; you may have other avenues to contest the matter. Good luck
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