Texas Law Enforcement Authorities Participate in Statewide Warrant Round-Up

AUSTIN, February 10, 2012 – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today issued the following warning to individuals who have outstanding warrants for their arrest:

“The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit will be among more than 260 law enforcement agencies across the state that will participate in this year’s Great Texas Warrant Round-Up. Before the Round-Up begins on Feb. 25, individuals who want to avoid being arrested for outstanding municipal or justice arrest warrants should contact local law enforcement.”

The sixth annual Great Texas Warrant Round-Up targets individuals across the state who have outstanding warrants for their arrest based upon the defendants’ failure to pay fines for traffic tickets and other misdemeanor crimes. Municipal and justice court officials have mailed notices to individuals who have outstanding warrants – encouraging them to pay their fines and resolve their cases before they are arrested by state and local authorities. Across Texas, thousands of outstanding warrants have been issued by municipal courts and justices of the peace for failing to pay their fines. Under Texas law, fines and fees for misdemeanors and other offenses fund the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, which provides financial assistance to victims and their families who have no other means of financial support.

Over the next two weeks, citizens who have an outstanding arrest warrant – or receive a notice in the mail – should contact police or sheriff’s departments for information about how to clear those warrants and avoid arrest.

Beginning on Feb. 25, law enforcement agencies statewide will begin locating and arresting individuals who are on the outstanding warrant list. Subjects who are arrested for outstanding warrants may be apprehended at any location, including the individual’s residence, school or workplace. The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit officers will work in conjunction with local task forces and law enforcement agencies around the state to assist officials with arrests.

2012 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up Questions and Answers

Q: Will individuals who come to court to resolve their case in the next two weeks be arrested?
A: No. Subjects with outstanding arrest warrants who pay their fines and resolve their cases before Feb. 25 will not be arrested.

Q: After defendants make the required payments and settle their case, how long will it take for the warrant information to be removed from their driving record?
A: The Department of Public Safety will clear holds on driver’s licenses within seven to 10 business days.

 

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