Municipal Courts Officials Urge Program Participation
HOUSTON - The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department’s 2019 Fresh Start Spring Amnesty Program will end 11:59 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Court officials spent the last three weeks encouraging individuals with delinquent court matters to take advantage of this program to resolve their cases at a discounted rate.
“We would like to remind all Houstonians that the time is now to take advantage of our Fresh Start Spring Amnesty Program,” stated Director and Presiding Judge, J. Elaine Marshall. “We encourage anyone with a delinquent citation to use this opportunity to handle their court matter once and for all; just call us at 3-1-1, visit us online, or come to any of our six court locations,” said Judge Marshall.
Cases eligible for amnesty include cases that were delinquent prior to February 1, 2019. 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. Individuals 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 Program by phone, US Mail or in person at any Municipal Court location.
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.
Jose E. Soto
Asst. Public Information Officer