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February 1st, 2008
City prepares for warrant round up

From the city of San Marcos

San Marcos police and city marshal’s office are joining more than 200 law enforcement agencies across Texas for a warrant roundup beginning February 16, 2008 to arrest people wanted for failing to comply with court orders or appearing in court to address charges filed against them.

A two week amnesty period runs from February 4-15 for defendants to take care of the warrants without being arrested at court while attempting to address their cases. However, all warrants remain active throughout this period and defendants could be arrested at anytime during routine law enforcement activities such as traffic stops.

“We urge anyone who has a delinquent case in San Marcos Municipal Court to contact the court immediately and avoid the embarrassment of being arrested at home, work or school,” said Rusty Grice, Deputy Marshal with the San Marcos Marshal’s office.

The Municipal Court has a list of over 7,500 names with outstanding warrants in San Marcos. The list is posted on line at http://www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us/cityhall/court/WarrantRoundup.htm

Defendants with charges pending in the San Marcos Municipal Court may come to the court during regular court hours to pay fines or post bond to schedule a court appearance. The court is located on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos.

The court will hold special hours during the amnesty period when Judge John Burke will be available to hear defendants on a walk-in basis. Defendants with warrants may come in to see the judge without posting bond or concern about being arrested while at court making a good faith effort to resolve their cases.

Those dates and hours will be:

• Monday & Friday, Feb. 4, Feb. 8, Feb. 11 and Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
• Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb, 6 and Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

“People who fail to address tickets at court or fail to comply with court orders are reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety for non-renewal of their driver’s licenses,” said Susie Garcia, Municipal Court Administrator.

The Municipal Court accepts cash, checks, money orders, cashiers checks, Visa, Master Card, and Discover. Residents may make credit card payments by phone during regular court hours by calling 512-393-8190.

Those who mail in payments should include their driver’s license number and case or ticket number to ensure proper credit. Payments may be mailed to Municipal Court, City of San Marcos, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

The Municipal Court customer service window is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

— MELISSA MILLECAM
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