My questions involve a traffic ticket from the state of: Texas.
In 2004 I received a speeding ticket for going 80 in a 70 in Texas. I am not a resident of Texas, and after receiving one courtesy notice a few months later totally forgot about the ticket.
It is now 2012 and here are the facts; The court issued a hold on my drivers license in my state but my state never followed through with that hold. I am now in another state.
The court issued a Failure to appear fine about 6 months later. Except for the request for a hold on the driver's license there was no complaint or paperwork filed by the court. (I called the clerk and judge's office)
According to Texas Vehicle Codes Article 12.02 MISDEMEANORS.(b) A complaint or information for any Class C misdemeanor may be presented within two years from the date of the commission of the offense, and not afterward.
I have found out that the complaint is not the citation as that is simply the charging receipt.
1. Does the failure to appear constitute as a formal complaint?
2. Since the SOL has exceeded 2 years (almost 8 years) (Art. 12.02) does that mean I do not need to pay the fine for the
b)failure to appear and
c)does the failure to appear also become invalidated.
3. If the SOL Art.12.02 applies, what is my next step? If it does not, then I can simply pay the fine before they issue a warrant.
Thanks for any insight!