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Municipal Courts Announces Amnesty Program Citizens Urged to Pay Court Orders While Cost Savings Still Available

HOUSTON, Texas –The City of Houston Municipal Courts 2013 Amnesty Program begins today and will be available on certain delinquent citations until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013. Court officials are encouraging anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of this opportunity to resolve cases at a discounted rate.

“Now is the time for anyone with a delinquent case to come forward and resolve your court matters, because you have the opportunity to save a lot of money, hundreds of dollars in some cases,” stated Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle. “We are available for anyone who has questions; just call us at 3-1-1 if we can be of assistance. There is also information regarding our programs on our website,” said Judge Hartle.

Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent on or before October 21, 2012 will be eligible for Amnesty discounts. Previously adjudicated cases, capias pro fine cases, parking and Red Light Camera citations are not eligible for Amnesty.

Court officials urge people to take advantage of this program so they won’t be subject to arrest during any upcoming warrant sweeps when cheaper amnesty rates will no longer be available.

For more information about City of Houston warrants or citations, visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact City’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston.

2013 Amnesty Program FAQ’s

Why are you doing this?
To close cases for which all other means of resolution have been unsuccessful.

What kinds of cases are eligible for Amnesty rates?
Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent on or before October 21, 2012 will be eligible for Amnesty discounts. Previously adjudicated cases, capias pro fine cases, parking citations and Red Light Camera citations are not eligible for Amnesty. Citizens may visit the Municipal Courts website or call 3-1-1 to find out if they have eligible Amnesty cases.

What do I do if I have a delinquent parking citation?Parking citations are not eligible for Amnesty rates.

How can I find out if I have warrants?Dial Houston’s Helpline at 3-1-1, visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts or visit any City of Houston Municipal Court location (see chart below).

What are my options if I find out I do have warrants?
You may pay the fines at the applicable Amnesty rates. You may also be able to obtain a bond and have your case(s) reset for a new court date. You always have the option to seek legal advice from an attorney.

If I come to court to pay, will I be arrested?
It is not the policy of Houston Municipal Courts to arrest people who visit our courthouse to inquire about their delinquent cases. We encourage everyone to come in voluntarily to resolve their cases.

If I want to pay for my delinquent cases/warrants, what are my payment options?Payment options are as follows:
• ONLINE – www.texas.gov/COHTicketPay. (Eligible cases on this site have been adjusted to display Amnesty rates. Cases that have a balance of “00.00” cannot be selected for payment; however, these cases will be dismissed once the underlying case is paid in full.)
• BY PHONE – Call 713.837.0311 or 3-1-1 (8am- 8pm, Monday thru Friday)
• BY MAIL – Municipal Courts, AMNESTY PROGRAM, P.O. Box 4996, Houston, TX 77210-4996
• WESTERN UNION (Ticket Texas)
• IN PERSON – at any of the six court locations listed:

COURT LOCATIONS

Herbert W. Gee
Municipal Courthouse
1400 Lubbock
Houston, TX 77002

Monday – Saturday
7am to 10pm

713.247.5479

ANNEX LOCATIONS

Acres Homes/North Command Station
9455 West Montgomery
Houston, TX 77088

Monday – Friday
8am to 5pm

281.405.5319

Clear Lake Sub-Station
2855 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058

Thursday
8am to 5pm

281.283.4946
281.283.4947

Kingwood (Municipal Court Annex)
3915 Rustic Woods
Kingwood, Texas 77339-5203

Wednesday
8am to 7pm

281.361.6574

* Southeast Command Station
(Courts 13 & 14)
8300 Mykawa
Houston, TX 77048

Monday – Friday
8am to 5pm

713.731.5155
713.731.5156

* Westside Command Station (Court 18)
3203 South Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77082-2320

NOTE: All courtrooms are closed Noon to 1 P.M.

Monday – Friday
8 am to 9pm

281.584.4889

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, money orders, and American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

After I pay, how long will it take for the information to be removed from DPS records?The Department of Public Safety will clear holds on driver’s licenses within 5 to 7 business days.

Contact:Barbara E. Hartle
Director and Presiding Judge
Municipal Courts

Gwendolyn Goins
Public Information Officer
713.247.4114
www.houstontx.gov/courts

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