Amnesty being offered for certain delinquent cases at city of Houston municipal courts

HOUSTON — HOUSTON, Texas - Remember that speeding ticket you got last year, but haven't paid?  The city is willing to cut you a little slack, and keep you out of prison. The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department announced the start of their Amnesty Program on Monday. For the next 3 weeks, certain delinquent cases will be discounted to help citizens save money while resolving outstanding cases.

“After Hurricane Harvey, we’ve all been through a lot and there are many of us who are still rebuilding our lives. Municipal Courts staff can help you have one less thing to worry about, we are here to ease your burden by helping you to get your delinquent cases resolved,” said Judge J. Elaine Marshall, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department. “Hopefully, this Amnesty Program will be the answer for those who haven’t been able to pay their cases before now,” Judge Marshall stated.

 

The amnesty period began at 8 a.m. Monday and ends March 16 at 11:59 p.m.  Any defendant who voluntarily appears at any Municipal Court location during amnesty will be permitted to resolve all their eligible delinquent cases, including Failure to Appear cases, and will not be subject to arrest.

Cases eligible for amnesty include all delinquent cases issued prior to January 1, 2018. Only the defendant named in the citation or their attorney can participate in the amnesty program.  Bonding companies, friends, relatives, and spouses cannot make the amnesty request on behalf of someone else.

The Amnesty Program does not apply to a defendant that is in custody, previously adjudicated cases, parking citations, administrative violations, bond forfeitures, or civil cases. Citizens may call the Houston Helpline by dialing 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 for questions about whether their specific case(s) is amnesty eligible.

Defendants may take advantage of the amnesty by phone, US Mail or in person at any Municipal Court location.

For additional information about Municipal Courts or court cases, please visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts, or call the Houston Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713.837.0311 if outside of Houston.

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