What will happen if I was ordered to pay court costs for a felony trial 17 years ago and was making payments but became unemployed so could no longer do so and now the county has said that they have requested a warrant for my arrest?

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What will happen if I was ordered to pay court costs for a felony trial 17 years ago and was making payments but became unemployed so could no longer do so and now the county has said that they have requested a warrant for my arrest?

Can I be arrested?

Asked on October 2, 2015 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

They can potentially issue an arrest warrant.  However, if you don't owe much and you are trying to work out a payment plan, they will usually work with you.  They do remind you that they can so as to strongly "encourage" you to pay.  If you are arrested, then you may want to just sit the time out in jail while you are unemployed.  The judges can credit your balance due for any time that you are in the county jail... court costs are usually not that high and can be set out over a weekend.


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