FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 14, 2014 7:22:56 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:
Herbert W. Gee
Houston, TX 77002
Monday - Friday
8am to 10pm
8am to 4pm
Acres Homes/North Command Station
9455 West Montgomery
Houston, TX 77088
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm
Clear Lake Sub-Station
2855 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058
8am to 5pm
Kingwood (Municipal Court Annex)
3915 Rustic Woods
Kingwood, Texas 77339-5203
7:30am to 4:30pm
Southeast Command Station
(Courts 13 & 14)
Houston, TX 77048
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm
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
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
Bay City Municipal Court
Bellaire Police Department
Brazoria Co. PCT 3
Bryan Municipal Court
Bunker Hill Municipal Court
Columbus Municipal Court
Danbury Municipal Court
Diboll Municipal Court
Galveston Co. Sherriff’s Department
Hempstead Municipal Court
Jefferson County JP, PCT 1PL2
Jefferson County JP, PCT 2
Jefferson County JP, PCT 7
Jefferson County JP, PCT 8
Kemah Municipal Court
LaMarque Municipal Court
LaPorte 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
Nacogdoches County JP PCT 1
Piney Point Village Municipal Court
Roman Forest, 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
Ward County JP, PCT 1
Ward County JP, PCT 2
Ward County JP, PCT 4
Webster Municipal Court/PD
Gwendolyn Goins, Public Information Officer
HPD Media Relations