This type of warrant is issued by the court when an individual does not appear in court on or before his or her appearance date that is on the ticket or summons. When you were issued the ticket, you signed at the bottom of it, promising to appear in court on or before a certain date and time, usually 20 days after the date of the ticket. In addition to the original charge, a charge of failing to appear is also filed against you.
A warrant of arrest is then issued on both the original charge and the failure to appear charge. Notice is sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety to place a hold on your driver's license preventing you from obtaining, renewing or changing license until this matter is resolved. For out-of-state license holders, your home state is notified that you have an outstanding case (warrant) pending in our court.
If you are arrested under this type of warrant, you may post a bond to be released from jail and the bond may be a cash bond, an attorney or surety bond, or personal recognizance bond.