Failure to Appear Statistics
Jan 1, 2017

16.7 Million Offenses Entered

68.6% cleared

Number of Cities Participating: 732

Number of Counties Participating: 243

 


News

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Updates

Last Updated on August 12, 2009

DPS Code Changes and Update (08/12/09)

In April DPS upgraded their system and implemented several changes. One of those changes was the addition and removal of several DPS Offense codes. Below is a list of codes that were removed and those that were added. Most notably is the removal of all 4000 level codes. DPS will not accept all Non-Traffic Violations as code 3999. This code, 3999, can ONLY be used for the FTA program and cannot be used with any of the other DPS programs. The current list of DPS codes can be found by clicking on Support/Help then DPS Codes. Instructions on how to download the update for the RES Software can be found below.

Codes that were removed:

3102 DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED -- S/R
3261 EXPIRED CHAUFFEUR'S LICENSE (WHEN APPLICABLE)
3262 NO CHAUFFEUR'S LICENSE, WHEN REQUIRED
3268 DISPLAY SUSPENDED COMMERCIAL LICENSE
3269 DISPLAY SUSPENDED CHAUFFEUR LICENSE
3311 EXCESSIVE ACCELERATION
3400 DRIVING SAFETY COURSE SEC. 143AFA)(1)
3500 ARTICLES INTERFERED WITH HANDLING BIKE
4001 AGRICULTURE CODE
4010 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CODE
4040 BUSINESS & COMMERCE CODE
4050 EDUCATION CODE
4060 ELECTION CODE
4070 FAMILY CODE
4080 FINANCE CODE
4090 GOVERMENT CODE
4100 HEALTH & SAFETY CODE
4130 INSURANCE CODE
4140 LABOR CODE
4150 LOCAL GOVERMENT CODE
4170 NATURAL RESOURCE CODE
4180 PARKS & WILDLIFE CODE
4200 PENAL CODE
4260 PROPERTY CODE
4270 TAX CODE
4280 UTILITIES CODE
4290 WATER CODE
4300 CITY - MUNICIPAL ORDINACES
4400 COUNTY ORDERS
4500 FEDERAL LICENSE & WEIGHT VIOLATIONS (NON-ESTABLISHED CODES)
5000 CONTACT COURT
5010 TRAFFIC OFFENSE
5040 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OFFENSE


Codes that were added:

3246 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 0.16 OR GREATER
3247 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED W/CHILD UNDER 15YOA
3248 DRUG OFFENSE-BOND FORFEITURE
3298 INSUFFICIENT CLEARANCE RR XING
3307 Use Wireless Device While Driving–Minor
3308 Use Wireless Device While Driving Bus
3340 RIDE IN SEMI TRAILER
3341 DRIVING AROUND BARRICADES
3342 Disregard Warning signs or barricades
3349 VIOLATE OUT OF SERVICE ORDER HAZMAT AND/OR PASS
3388 INTOXICATION ASSAULT MOTOR VEHICLE
3389 INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER MOTOR VEHICLE
3309 Open Container in Motor Vehicle- Driver
3410 Safety Seat Course
3451 ALR-CMV REFUSAL-ADM
3452 ALR-CMV HZMT REF-ADM
3453 ALR CMV-.04/> ADM
3454 ALR CMV HZMT .04>-ADM
3749 NO MOTOR VEHICLE LIABILITY INSURANCE - SR 22 NOT REQUIRED
3807 PURCHASE/FURNISH ALCOHOL TO MINOR
3811 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED >0.16 PROBATED
3811 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED >0.16 PROBATED
3812 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED W/CHILD UNDER 15 YOA PROBATED
3813 DWI EDUCATION PROGRAM EXTENDED
3814 ALR CDL DISQ REFUSAL ADM
3815 ALR CDL DISQ FAILURE ADM >.08
3816 ALR CMV and/or CDL DISQ FAILURE ADM 0.08 or >-HAZMAT
3818 ALR DISQ BOATING REFUSAL
3819 ALR DISQ BOATING FAILURE
3820 ALR CMV and/or CDL DISQ FAILURE ADM 0.10 or >
3821 ALR CMV and/or CDL DISQ FAILURE ADM 0.10 or >-HAZMAT
3999 NON-TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS


RES DPS Code File Update and Download (08/12/09)

To ensure that the RES software will accept the new DPS codes, each court will need to download the DPS Code file. Please exit out of the RES program before starting download. To download the file, click on Downloads in the title bar and then click on DPS Codes – Updated 08/12/09. A window will appear and ask if you would like to open or save the file to your computer. Select 'Save' and place the file in the C:\CDSRES directory. It will ask you to overwrite existing file and select 'Yes'. That's it; the codes have been updated to your system. If you have any questions please contact technical support @ 1.800.686.0680.

Termination of DPS Warrant Database

The Director of the Department of Public Safety announced the termination of the DPS Warrant Database on March 26, 2004. The letter announcing the termination also referred to the Failure to Appear Program as an alternative for handling violators who fail to appear. The announcement has created a surge in interest for information on the FTA program.

The Failure to Appear Program had no connection with the former Warrant Database and relies on a different method to get violators before the court. The FTA program restricts the ability of a violator with any type of Texas driver license from renewing that license until the reported offense is resolved to the satisfaction of the reporting court. There is no potential for liability from an arrest as the statute provides immunity for use of the program to the jurisdiction.

In addition, the FTA program is much broader as any offense within the jurisdiction of the municipality or the county court may be entered into the program. This might include traffic violations, penal code violations, fish and wildlife violations, and city ordinance or county order violations. Finally, all fees for the FTA program are collected from the violator at the time of disposition and should be at no cost to the jurisdiction.

FTA Program Expanded for Counties

Effective June 18, 2003, the FTA Program was expanded for counties to now include all offenses within the jurisdiction of the county. The Legislature approved Senate Bill 782 which amended Chapter 706.002 of the Texas Transportation Code to permit any offense that a court has jurisdiction of under Chapter 4, Code of Criminal Procedure, to be added. This change did not effect justice or municipal courts but now permits other county criminal courts (including county cases in district court) to use the program. For example, more serious DWI, theft or worthless checks, drug offenses, assaults, and other criminal offenses can now be entered into the FTA program. Other provisions of the FTA program including the $30.00 administrative fee collected from the violator were not changed.

Counties that are currently using the FTA program for the justice courts do not require a new contract with the State to begin the program. Upon completion and receipt of an Information Sheet, we will send our software and you may begin the program. If the county is not currently contracted with the State, it will require approval of the Interlocal Cooperation Contract with the State. If you need a copy of the contract, it is available on this web site.

If you need an Information Sheet or additional information, please contact us.