Representatives of law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas announced combined efforts to host the 2017 Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Saturday, Feb. 25.
The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions. The focus is to bring these individuals into compliance with court orders; there are multiple options that are available to do so.
“The roundup doesn’t start until Feb. 25. We are giving people time to take care of warrants before it begins,” said Joann Ramon, court manager.
Hundreds of thousands of notices were recently mailed statewide by participating entities. Numerous counties, justices of the peace, constables, and municipalities of all sizes will participate in the roundup. It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind.
There are over 1,632 active warrants in the Alice Municipal Court; these warrants are valued at over $516,000 which includes fines, fees and State mandated court costs. Individuals are strongly encouraged to come in to the court to resolve their obligations voluntarily.
Municipal Court hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Anyone who voluntarily appears at the Alice Municipal Court to resolve their case(s) will not be arrested.
“For anyone who chooses not to take care of the warrants before they will be arrested anywhere,” said Alice Police Chief Rex Ramon. “Officers will go to homes or workplace.”
Specific information as to the number of outstanding warrants, how to take care of warrants prior to arrest, and any other special roundup activities or events may be obtained by contacting the Municipal Court at 361-668-7285.
Affected persons are urged to contact the appropriate jurisdiction(s) during the next two weeks to dispose of their cases voluntarily to avoid the inconvenience of arrest.