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Amnesty period for outstanding citations, warrants begins today

Posted: 6:26 AM, Feb 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-18 14:10:47-05

Do you have outstanding citations or warrants in Corpus Christi? Now is your chance to get them taken care of without the fear of being arrested.

The amnesty period for The Great Texas Warrant Roundup begins today. This is an opportunity for citizens to take care of unpaid citations or warrants without going to jail. The amnesty period will last only one week this year, down from two weeks in previous years.

Beginning Feb. 23, law enforcement officials will begin arresting those who haven’t taken care of their tickets.

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.