Lubbock, TX asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas

Q: What are the statutes of limitation regarding citations in texas.

I have an email saying I owe money for 3 citations from 2009, 2010, and 2015. Am I obligated to pay?

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John Cucci Jr.
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  • Houston, TX

A: A traffic Citation usually does NOT get dismissed by a Statute of Limitations ("SOL").

A SOL can keep the government from filing charges against you after a long period of time from the offending incident.

However, when you are given a Citation or traffic ticket, you are, at that moment, being charged with a crime or violation. Thus, the SOL issue is removed when you get formally charged by the police or the District Attorney.

The good news is that some Traffic courts will dismiss a case against you after 5 or more years. But, they only do that after you show up at the courthouse. Sounds dicey, because it is.

Get a good lawyer, and s/he can usually get an old ticket dismissed.

I hope this helps.

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