Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Good evening. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. What you are charged with, is a criminal offense, under the Texas code, which I have provided below, in the link, for you to review. Since this is criminal, you likely will need to appear and ask the clerk of court how you can reset the court date, so you can resolve this. Once this happens, the suspension would be lifted, so your license can be renewed. Now, the case is 20 years old. If you can fight this, you may want to consider it, if the State is unable to find the victim and other evidence which is needed, to show and support their case. Once the suspension is lifted, then you can renew your license. You can see if there is a way to resolve this by simply paying BUT considering this is criminal in nature, the court date may need to be reset.
The statute of limitations is a defense which can be raised as a defense to a criminal charge. If this happened 20 years ago, was known about and the State is NOW first filing, then you certainly have a basis to raise the SOL and ask that the Judge dismiss the case with prejudice, to prevent it from being refiled. You are correct ,in that if the State first filed after 20 years, something is odd, so you just need to make sure it was not previously filed and as a result of your failure to appear, the time was tolled, since you essentially avoided this. That is the key thing. You need to ask the clerk when this was filed.
I just wanted to follow up and see if you had any other questions or needed me to clarify something. I am here to help, so please let me know. Thanks!