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Coastal Bend warrant roundup approaching

Posted: 12:50 PM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 19:26:41-05

According to Corpus Christi Law Enforcement, an amnesty period for outstanding warrants starts on Monday.

The warrant roundup is an opportunity for citizens with outstanding citations and warrants to settle their accounts with the city, without fear of being arrested. The amnesty period will last one week between Monday through Feb. 22.  The official warrant roundup begins on Feb. 23 and will continue through March 9.

Citizens are encouraged to call, email, or visit the municipal courthouse, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or during the extended amnesty period hours from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

People will also be able to pay online,  pay by mail to P.O. Box 23077, Corpus Christi, TX, 78476-2235, or deposit payment in the drop box at the entrance of the Municipal Court at 120 N. Chaparral St.

If someone is unable to pay in full, they might qualify for a payment plan or community service hours.

Last year, about 4,400 warrants were lifted during the amnesty period, and only 25 people were arrested during the roundup in Corpus Christi.

“Our goal is to help people who have warrants to resolve their case, it’s not to be arrested,” Corpus Christi Municipal Court Director Gilberto Hernandez said. “So, that’s why the court is a safe-haven court, which means if you have a warrant, even if it’s during the warrant roundup, if you come in you’re not going to be arrested as long as you’re resolving your case, one way or another.”

If someone is unsure if they have any warrants, they can email the Municipal Courts at MCmail@cctexas.com, or call (361) 826-2500.

Cases will likely be involving Class C violations, speeding tickets, traffic citations high grass or animal control issues that haven’t been handled appropriately.

Any general questions or concerns can be emailed to the Public Information Officer at olivias@cctexas.com or called in at (361) 826-3248.