Attorney Lance Smith

Traffic Tickets, DWI And Other Criminal Cases


Houston, Harris County and Surrounding Areas


What happens if I miss court?

Answer: One or more of the following may happen:
1. An additional charge of Violate Promise to Appear may be filed against you.
2. Warrants may be issued for your arrest.
3. You may be entered into the DPS Failure to Appear Database (otherwise known as the OMNI System)
    so that you will not be able to renew your license.

I missed my court date. What can I do?

Answer: Contact us. We can post the bonds, lift the warrants, get you a new court date and represent you on the new date.

The officer wrote my home address wrong, will my case be dismissed?

Answer: No. This is not the type of defect that would be considered “fatal” to the state proving their case.

What is the DPS or OMNI fee?

When you miss a court date, the court may enter you into the DPS Failure to Appear database so that you cannot renew your license. Each charge that the court enters generates a fee of $30.00 that is passed on to you. This fee is in addition to any fines or court costs associated with your case. For example, if you have a speeding violation and expired inspection violation (2 charges), and you miss your court date, a third charge of Failure to Appear may be filed against you. The court may enter all three charges into the system which means you would have to pay $90.00 in DPS fees before you could renew your drivers license.

Where do I pay the DPS or OMNI fee?

Answer: At the court where the cases were filed.

How do traffic tickets affect my driving privilege?

Answer: That depends on the particular violation. Some traffic violations will have no affect. A conviction for some violations however may result in one or more of the following:
  1. Higher insurance rates.
  2. Possible license suspension


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