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"Great Texas Warrant Roundup" begins Saturday
State-wide effort will target people with outstanding warrants

TEXAS - More than 200 law enforcement jurisdictions from across Texas will participate in the "Great Texas Warrant Roundup," beginning Saturday, February 16, 2008. In this state-wide effort, officers will arrest people with outstanding warrants pending before their respective Municipal Courts.

Law enforcement agencies and cities throughout the state conduct roundups at different times throughout the year, focusing on violators with outstanding Class C misdemeanor warrants; most of which are traffic-related. Once again, law enforcement agencies statewide are combining their efforts. Those arrested will be taken before court judges for arraignment and disposition of their cases. Full payment or suitable arrangement for full payment will be due at that time. Other options may include a cash bond, a Magistrate Court appearance or attorney representation. 

Notices have been mailed to persons with warrants active against them. Officials noted that although the concentration is on Class C charges, higher charge warrants may also be served.

 "This is such a massive and well coordinated warrant roundup," said Ft. Worth City Marshal Jesse Hernandez. "that we urge people to take care of their warrants immediately so they can avoid being arrested."

Hurst Court Administrator Lisa Howard said persons with outstanding city citations are strongly encouraged to appear in person or contact their respective municipal court in order to avoid the embarrassment of being arrested at home, work or school.

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