Plano, TX asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas

Q: State of Texas warrant for running a yellow light has been outstanding for 7 years.

I was informed that a low level warrant is dismissed (falls from the system) after 7yrs. Is that true?

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Warrants remain active in Texas until they are resolved. Warrants are generally resolved whenever a person is arrested and posts bond for a case.

But it is highly unlikely that a police officer will arrest you solely for such a minor warrant that is so old unless the officer works for the same jurisdiction as the officer who issued you the ticket (for example, an officer from the same City), or a nearby City and the officer has an ulterior motive for wanting to take you into custody or not continue his patrol shift (e.g. you piss him off, bad weather, he wants an excuse to annoy a superior, a person he considers attractive works in that other City's jail, etc.).

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