Fighting a TxTag Toll Violation
How did we get here? – TxTag and MSB/CTRMA
If you’ve turned on the news lately, you’re likely to see issues that have been arising with the toll roads, locally Central Texas’ toll roads – 45 East, 45 West, 183A North, 183A South, 130 North, 130 South, 290 East, and 290 West. These roads were funded by private investors and as a result, private contractors built these toll roads. Private firms were granted a monopoly by the state to recoup upfront costs.
There are basically two options for paying the tolls along the above-mentioned roads. These options are electronic tag companies TxTag, TollTag, EZ-Tag (“The Big Three”) or by mail. In Central Texas there has been an alarming increase in the number of TxTag toll violations. Usually the toll road companies offer my clients reduced violation amounts in order to settle.
How much does it cost for a toll road violations lawyer?
First, I usually don’t represent clients on toll road cases if the Collection Letter fees are less that $3,000.00.
Why? Between paying my legal fees, the tolls, and reduced fines, it probably won’t be the most cost effective for my clients. I’m here to help you and save you money. If I can’t do that, then I won’t take your case.
My usual fee is $1,500.00 if there is no Court case pending (see below) and $2,000.00 if there is a Class C Misdemeanor filed against you which means you’ll need to go to the Justice of the Peace Court to get it cleared up.
How Clients Get Into Hot Water:Many clients have been receiving a Collection Letter from Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP out of Houston, Texas (See Example to the Right). The biggest culprit of client toll road issues is either 1) Receiving TxTag Toll charges by mail or 2) failing to keep electronic tag accounts up to date. Keeping the tag account up to date includes providing a current mailing address, using a non-expired credit/debit card to keep funds available for tolls, and transferring vehicles to and from your tag account when they are purchased and/or sold. Carefully review your account along with your Statement and Violations (if any). Failing to take these necessary account maintenance steps can leave clients in hot water with numerous unpaid tolls and jaw-dropping administrative fees. I’ve seen these fees as high as $163,000.00! TxTag violations can build up over time depending on the length of time and number of vehicles owned and used on the toll roads. These fees can equal tens of thousands of dollars! However, in my experience, the toll road companies are willing to negotiate greatly reduced rates with my clients to encourage settlement.
In addition, you can receive a criminal summons to your local Justice of the Peace Court for unpaid toll violations. The criminal offense will be called – Failure or Refusal to Pay Toll, a Class C misdemeanor under Texas Transportation Code Section § 228.054.
Hiring a TxTag toll road violations lawyer can help you in a variety of ways. First, it can stop the collections letters from coming. Second, having an attorney on your side can ensure that your rights are protected when dealing with TxTag, a prosecutor, or the collection firm Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP. Lastly, I can negotiate a reduced settlement and/or a payment plan to bring your TxTag account current.
If you want me to help with your toll road issue, call 512-270-8676 for a telephone consult or “Send Us a Message” in the form located to the right and we’ll respond to your email for your TxTag toll road violation problem.