2012 Warrant Round-up unites Galveston County, Harris County and others
The City of Galveston Police Department will be among more than 260 law enforcement jurisdictions across Texas, and 65 in the Gulf Coast region alone, that will be participating in the “2012 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up.”HPD and the Harris County Constables will join other regional participants in this statewide annual event, which officially begins Saturday, February 25, 2012, to look for individuals with outstanding warrants.
The City of Galveston Municipal Courts Department, which for the 6th year is participating the efforts in this region, has over 70 thousand active warrants it is seeking to clear. Municipal Courts officials are encouraging defendants to take advantage of the options available to settle outstanding warrants. No amnesty is being offered in conjunction with the Round-Up effort.
Once the warrant period begins February 25th, GPD and other law enforcement agencies 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. Additionally, a special task force will focus solely on arresting those individuals whose parked vehicles have been documented multiple times at specific locations.
For more information about warrants or citations visit the website at:
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 Galveston alone there was an average of about 70,000 active warrants in the courts system. Some defendants have multiple warrants.
How can I find out if I have warrants?
For Galveston Municipal Court warrants, dial 409-765-3740, or visit the website at http://www.cityofgalveston.org/administration/courts/default.cfm
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 Galveston Municipal Courts are as follows:
601 54th Street, Suite 300
Galveston, TX 77551
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.