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The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department, HPD, and several Harris County Constables, along with dozens of Gulf Coast law enforcement entities, announced their participation in the upcoming “2012 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up” Friday, February 10, 2012. The last day to resolve warrant cases before the grace period officially comes to an end is Friday, February 24, 2012.

This coming Saturday, February 25, 2012, the Great Texas Warrant Round-Up will get underway when law enforcement agencies from Houston and surrounding counties such as Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton will simultaneously look for individuals in their cities with outstanding warrants, an occurrence that will be happening in jurisdictions statewide.
The City of Houston Municipal Courts alone has thousands of active warrants it is seeking to clear. Over one hundred thousand notices were mailed to Houston Municipal Court defendants with active warrants.
“While numerous people have already stepped forward to resolve their court matters, there are still too many defendants who have cases in warrant status, and therefore they remain under the threat of arrest. Citizens are encouraged to either call us or come in and discuss your case with a Judge or a prosecutor. There are several options available for case resolution,” said Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle.
Once the warrant period begins February 25th, HPD officers will aggressively target those persons on the warrant list and arrests can take place at any location, including the defendant’s home, school or workplace.
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 is listed at the end of this announcement and can also be found at www.houstontx.gov/courts
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.
2012 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, citizens 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 – http://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 – Saturday
7am to 10pm
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
8am to 7pm
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.
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