To clear thousands of outstanding warrants totaling millions of dollars from the City of College Station and Brazos County, the fall warrant amnesty period starts Monday and runs through Oct. 31.
Citizens who fail to pay their fines will be arrested by city marshals, police officers, reserve police officers and constables during the warrant roundup Nov. 1-9.
The twice-yearly amnesty period allows citizens with outstanding warrants to avoid paying a $50 per case warrant fee if fines are paid in full. No partial payment schedules will be allowed if citizens want to avoid the $50 fee. The City of College Station accepts cash, cashier’s check, credit cards, money orders, and personal checks. Outstanding warrants cannot be paid via College Station’s online citation payment system.
Since 2007, the City of College Station has cleared 5,569 warrants valued at more than $1.7 million through its spring and fall amnesty events.
“We have the amnesty period to get people to come to the court and avoid going to jail,” College Station Municipal Judge Edward Spillane said. “In November, we'll be part of the statewide warrant roundup event, and there's a good chance of being arrested if you haven’t paid an outstanding warrant. Lots of cities do the roundup without offering amnesty, but we think the amnesty period is important because restitution can be made, a little money can be saved, and jail time can be avoided.”
Warrants on the Web
The College Station Municipal Court publishes a list of all outstanding warrants at cstx.gov/warrants, which allows anyone to check their warrant status if a citation was issued by the College Station Police Department. Citizens also may contact the City of College Station Municipal Court at 979.764.3683.
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