Houston extends amnesty program for outstanding traffic citations

February 8, 2013 11:27:12 AM PST
The City of Houston has extended their current amnesty program for traffic tickets and other citations.

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department's 2013 Amnesty program has been extended for an additional week and will not end until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013. Court officials are encouraging anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of this additional time to resolve them at a discounted rate.

"We are offering additional time for citizens to participate in this cost-saving program so that they can have the peace of mind to go about their day-to-day affairs without the fear of being arrested," stated Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle. "We are available for anyone who has questions; just call us at 3-1-1 or visit us online for assistance," said Judge Hartle.

The Amnesty Program was initially announced at a news briefing held Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent on or before October 21, 2012 are 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.

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

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