What does it take to get an old traffic ticket expunged from my record?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Texas
I didn't show in court for the ticket b/c I didn't understand I had to (21 at the time-pretty naive). I paid the ticket (late), and now it is showing on my record as bail jumping, failure to appear. On the DPS online database, it shows it has been disposed, so what does this all mean?
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I am sorry to hear of your situation. It means that an additional charge of failure to appear was added when you did not appear or pay on time. While the charge was probably dropped when they did receive your payment, you need to call the clerk of the court and be sure. Sometimes there is an additional fine that you will have to pay or there could even be a warrant out for your arrest. There is no way to get it off your record but you do need to be absolutely sure that it has been disposed of. If not and you get stopped you will go straight to jail.
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