In a very interesting story, a Texas judge has finally paid an outstanding speeding ticket that resulted in the issuance of three arrest warrants. The ticket, which was written in 2008, has been the subject of a lengthy legal challenge and much discussion in legal circles.
However, the criminal appeals court judge brought all of that to a halt last Thursday -- and before his legal troubles could get any worse.
The very morning that a newspaper article detailing his unique legal tactics in contesting his speeding ticket -- a writ of habeas corpus and a motion for a new trial -- was published, he wound up submitting a payment of $535.90.
With an arrest warrant issued, the judge had faced the prospect of being arrested and booked in jail if he had been pulled over while driving.
According to statements made by the judge, he had delayed payment of his speeding ticket for so long in order to maintain his right to appeal his conviction. Specifically, he felt that the traffic court judge had acted improperly, and left him with no alternative but to accept a rather poor plea arrangement
The origins of the ordeal resulted from a traffic stop back on August 12, 2008, when the judge was clocked driving 79 miles per hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone.
Originally, the judge entered a guilty plea in the matter, but he then missed his court date. When a rehearing took place, he pleaded no contest but later failed to pay a $200 fine. In total, three separate bench warrants were issued for his arrest.
It is worth noting that the original fine for speeding was just $193, but various charges piled up over time, including a $50 warrant fee.
Stay tuned for any on this story from our New York traffic law blog ...
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This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
The Austin American-Statesman, "Judge pays 2008 traffic fine; arrest warrant voided," Chuck Lindell and Tony Plohetski, Nov. 29, 2012