Clear your tickets, it's the 2018 Great Texas Warrant Roundup
City leaders, sheriff's deputies and police kicked off a two-week amnesty program Friday to resolve more than 43,000 active arrest warrants.
That means if you have an outstanding ticket, you can clear it up at the Municipal Court without fear of being arrested.
"The 2018 Great Texas Warrant Roundup is an event where jurisdictions throughout the state come together, partner up to round up citizens and individuals that have Class A misdemeanor in warrant or delinquent status, and bring them into compliance with court orders," Municipal Court Clerk Gilbert Hernandez said.
Hernandez said the more than 43,000 active warrants date back to 2000, but the court was able to clear almost 18,000 warrants by September of last year.
Presiding Municipal Court Judge Gail Loeb said nobody will be arrested if they appear to take care of their tickets.
"People come in and they're very nervous, and they really don't need to be," Loeb said. "In fact, one of the first things we say is how can we help you?"
During the two-week roundup, from Feb. 12-23, the court will have extended hours. They will be open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"Last year also we started to stay late to help take care of people who didn't want to miss work. Didn't want their job people to know they had warrants and they couldn't come in at lunch," Loeb said. "Now they can come in at supper."
Payment options include:
Appearing in person at the Municipal Court on North Chaparral Street
Paying in full online on the court's website
By depositing a payment in the drop box located near the court
Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle said taking advantage of the warrant roundup can save time, money and freedom.
"Don't let it evolve to something that's unnecessary like a warrant, which turns into a criminal history, which can affect their credit score, can affect their work, you know, ability," Markle said. "It's just unnecessary."
Loeb said there are also community service options available to help clear an outstanding ticket. You can find more information here.
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