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Municipal Courts Department


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 15, 2017 11:55:44 AM CDT

Citizens Urged to Pay Court Orders While Cost Savings Available

HOUSTON, Texas –The City of Houston Municipal Courts Amnesty Program begins today and will be available on certain delinquent citations until 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2017. Court officials are encouraging anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of this opportunity to resolve cases at a discounted rate.

 “This is a very limited time frame to save a lot of money, hundreds of dollars in some cases, so please don’t delay your decision to act on this great opportunity to resolve your court matters without fear of arrest. We are here to assist you and help eliminate your delinquent court cases. Citizens are urged to keep in mind that they may also come in and speak with a Judge during this Amnesty period,” stated Director and Presiding Judge, J. Elaine Marshall.

Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent before March 1, 2017 will be eligible for Amnesty discounts. To take advantage of this opportunity to resolve delinquent cases, individuals may pay by telephone, US mail or in person. Previously adjudicated criminal cases, parking citations, administrative violations, and civil case violations are not eligible for this Amnesty.

Court officials urge people to take advantage of this program because it may be a while before another amnesty is offered.

For more information about City of Houston 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. 

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2017 Amnesty Program FAQ’s

Why are you doing this?

To resolve cases for which all other means of resolution have been unsuccessful and to assist the citizens of Houston with any lingering outstanding Municipal Court issues.

What kinds of cases are eligible for Amnesty rates?

Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent before March 1, 2017 will be eligible for Amnesty discounts. Previously adjudicated criminal cases, parking citations, administrative violations, and civil case violations are not eligible for this Amnesty.  Citizens may call 3-1-1 to find out if they have eligible Amnesty cases.

 

What do I do if I have a delinquent parking citation?

Parking citations are not eligible for Amnesty. For additional information or assistance regarding paying your parking citation, please call 311 or 713.837.0311.

 

How can I find out if I have warrants?

Dial Houston’s Helpline at 3-1-1, visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts or come in person to any Houston Municipal Court location.

 

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

You may pay the fines at the applicable Amnesty rates if your cases qualify. You may also be able to post a bond and have your case(s) reset for a new court date. You always have the option to seek legal advice from an attorney.

 

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

No.  The City Houston Municipal Courts will not arrest individuals who visit our courthouse to inquire about their delinquent cases.  We encourage everyone to come in voluntarily to resolve their cases.

 

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

Payment options are as follows:

  •  Pay by telephone by dialing the Houston Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311
  •  Mail payments Municipal Courts Dept., P.O. Box 4996, Houston, TX 77210-4996
  •  Pay in person at any one of six court locations

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

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

 

After I pay, how long will it take to clear my driving record through DPS?

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department will forward the information to DPS upon payment of your case(s). Please allow 5 to 7 business days for your driving record to clear through DPS.

 

COURT LOCATIONS

CENTRAL  LOCATION

HOURS

           PHONE

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

Monday - Friday
8am to 10pm

Saturday Court
8am to 4pm (Lobby open until 10pm for payments)

713.247.5479

 

ANNEX LOCATIONS*

HOURS

           PHONE

Acres Homes/North Command Station

(Court 20)

9455 West Montgomery
Houston, TX 77088

Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm

832.394.1513

Clear Lake Sub-Station (Municipal Court Annex)
2855 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058

Thursday
8am to 5pm

832.395.1877

Kingwood

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

Wednesday
7:30am to 4:30pm

832.395.8042

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

Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm

832.394.2202
832.394.2206

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


*NOTE: All Annex locations are closed from Noon to 1:00 P.M.

Monday - Friday
8am to 9pm

 

832.394.5150


Contact:

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


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