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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 14, 2014 10:22:56 AM CST

2014 Great Texas Warrant Round Up

Hundreds of Law Enforcement Agencies Across Texas Unite For the 2014 Warrant Round Up

HOUSTON, Texas –    The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department and Houston Police Department (HPD) will be among 300 law enforcement jurisdictions across Texas that will participate in the 2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up. For the 3rd year in a row, HPD will be assisted by the Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit to search for individuals with outstanding warrants beginning Saturday, March 1, 2014. Neighboring jurisdictions joining this statewide initiative as regional participants include, Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties. A complete list of regional participants is listed below. 

“This is by far the largest concerted law enforcement effort in Texas,” said Director and Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle. “We do this program simultaneously with other jurisdictions to bring about greater public awareness, which will hopefully encourage someone to resolve their case or cases before they are arrested,” said Judge Hartle.

Once the Warrant Round-up period begins March 1st, HPD and other law enforcement agencies will aggressively target those defendants on the warrant list. Authorities warn that arrests can take place at any location, including the defendant’s home, school or workplace. Additionally, a special task force will focus solely on locating defendants with outstanding warrants through a license plate recognition program and whose parked vehicle has been documented multiple times at specific locations.

With the assistance of law enforcement, we fully intend to use the entire scope of our resources, and we want to make everyone aware that ignoring your court matter is not an acceptable practice,” stated Judge Hartle. “The License Plate Recognition program has been in force since September of 2011 and has been extremely helpful in allowing us to locate scofflaws,” she added.

As the regional coordinator of this effort for the past eight years, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has thousands of active warrants it is seeking to clear. Municipal Courts officials are encouraging defendants to take advantage of the options available to resolve outstanding warrants. There will be no amnesty offered during the Warrant Round-Up effort.

Notices are being mailed to all Houston Municipal Court defendants with active warrants. Citizens with warrants in jurisdictions other than the City of Houston should contact those jurisdictions for information about how to clear those warrants. A complete list of participating regional partners can be found at www.houstontx.gov/courts.

For more information about warrants or citations visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact City’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311, if outside the City of Houston.

 

 

2014 Great Warrant Round-Up FAQ’s

 

 Why are you doing this?

To close cases for which all other means of resolution have been unsuccessful.

 

Why do this now?

Statewide cooperation with other entities provides broader public awareness. Tax refund season creates better opportunity for some defendants to have the ability to pay their fines.

 

How many warrants are outstanding?

This number is not constant and changes all the time. In the month of January, in the City of Houston alone, there was an average of about 300,000 active warrants in the court’s system. Some defendants have multiple warrants.

 

How can I find out if I have warrants?

For Houston Municipal Court warrants, dial Houston’s Helpline at 3-1-1, visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts or visit any City of Houston Municipal Court location (see chart below). For information about warrants issued out of the Harris County Justice Courts, visit the Justice Court’s website at www.jp.hctx.net. For warrants issued out of surrounding municipal and justice courts, contact the Court in that particular jurisdiction for further information.

 

What are my options if I find out I do have warrants?

You may pay the fine and court costs, or post a bond and have your case(s) reset for a new court date. You may also seek legal advice from an attorney.

 

If I come to court to pay, will I be arrested?

No, defendants are encouraged to come in voluntarily to resolve cases during the Warrant Round-Up.

 

Will there be an amnesty offered to reduce the cost of any of the fines or fees?

Not at this time.

 

If I want to pay for my warrants, what are my payment options?

Payment options for warrants issued by the City of Houston Municipal Courts are as follows:

  • ONLINE – www.houstontx.gov/courts/OnlineTicketPayments.html
  • BY PHONE – Call 713.221.0288 (24 hour payment line)
  • BY MAIL - Municipal Courts, P.O. Box 4996, Houston, TX 77210-4996
  • WESTERN UNION (use code: Ticket Texas)
  • IN PERSON – at any of the six court locations listed:

    COURT LOCATIONS

    MAIN LOCATION

    HOURS

               PHONE

    Herbert W. Gee
    Municipal Courthouse
    1400 Lubbock
    Houston, TX 77002

    Monday - Friday
    8am to 10pm

    Saturday
    8am to 4pm

    713.247.5479

     

    ANNEX LOCATIONS

    HOURS

               PHONE

    Acres Homes/North Command Station
    9455 West Montgomery
    Houston, TX 77088

    Monday - Friday
    8am to 5pm

    281.405.5319

    Clear Lake Sub-Station
    2855 Bay Area Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77058

    Thursday
    8am to 5pm

    281.283.4946
    281.283.4947

    Kingwood (Municipal Court Annex)
    3915 Rustic Woods
    Kingwood, Texas 77339-5203

    Wednesday
    7:30am to 4:30pm

    281.361.6574

     Southeast Command Station
    (Courts 13 & 14)
    8300 Mykawa
    Houston, TX 77048

    Monday - Friday
    8am to 5pm

    713.731.5155
    713.731.5156

    Westside Command Station (Court 18)
    3203 South Dairy Ashford
    Houston, TX 77082-2320

    NOTE: All courtrooms are closed Noon to 1 P.M.

    Monday - Friday
    8 am to 9pm

     

    281.584.4889




For payment options for warrants in other jurisdictions, contact the appropriate court for that area.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, money orders, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

 

After I pay, how long will it take for the information to be removed from DPS records?

The Department of Public Safety will clear holds on driver’s licenses within 7 to 10 business days.


2014 Great Texas Warrant Round Up Regional Participant List

 

Addison Municipal Court

Alvin, City of

Angleton Municipal Court

Austin County JP 3

Bay City Municipal Court

Baytown Marshals Office & Court

Bellaire Police Department

Brazoria Co. PCT 3

Brenham Municipal Court

Bryan Municipal Court

Bunker Hill Municipal Court

College Station, City of

Colorado County Court

Colorado County Justice Court PCT 1
Colorado County Justice Court PCT 2
Colorado County Justice Court PCT 3
Colorado County Justice Court PCT 4

Columbus Municipal Court

Conroe Municipal Court

Danbury Municipal Court

Deer Park Municipal Court

Diboll Municipal Court

Dickinson Municipal Court

Friendswood Municipal Court

Fulshear Municipal Court

Galveston Co. Sherriff’s Department

Galveston Police Department

Harris County Constable PCT 1

Harris County Constable PCT 2

Harris County Constable PCT 3

Harris County Constable PCT 4

Harris County Constable PCT 5

Harris County Constable PCT 6

Harris County Constable PCT 7

Harris County Constable PCT 8

Harris County Justice Court PCT 1 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 1 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 2 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 2 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 3 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 3 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 4 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 4 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 5 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 5 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 6 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 6 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 7 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 7 PLC 2

Harris County Justice Court PCT 8 PLC 1

Harris County Justice Court PCT 8 PLC 2

Hempstead Municipal Court

Houston Municipal Court

Humble Municipal Court

Jefferson County JP, PCT 1PL2

Jefferson County JP, PCT 2

Jefferson County JP, PCT 7

Jefferson County JP, PCT 8

Katy Municipal Court

Kemah Municipal Court

LaMarque Municipal Court

LaPorte Municipal Court

League City Municipal Court

Lufkin City Marshal’s Office

Magnolia Municipal Court

Matagorda Co. JP, PCT 1 PL1

 Matagorda Co. JP, PCT 2, PL1

Matagorda Co. JP, PCT 3

Memorial Villages Police Department

Missouri City Municipal Court

Montgomery County Constable, PCT 3

Nacogdoches County JP PCT 1

Oak Ridge North Municipal Court

Piney Point Village Municipal Court

Prairie View Municipal Court

Roman Forest, City of

Rosenberg Municipal Court

Sealy Municipal Court

Silsbee Municipal Court

Southside Place, City of

Stafford Municipal Court

Taylor Lake Village Municipal Court

Texas City Municipal Court

Tomball, City of

Waller Co. JP, PCT 2

Waller Co. JP, PCT 4

Waller Municipal Court

Ward County JP, PCT 1

Ward County JP, PCT 2

Ward County JP, PCT 4

Washington County JP PCT 1

Washington County JP PCT 3

Webster Municipal Court/PD

 

 

Contact:

Gwendolyn Goins, Public Information Officer
Office: 713.247.4114
Gwendolyn.Goins@houstontx.gov


HPD Media Relations
Office: 713.308.3200


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