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Amnesty Week begins ahead of Great Texas Warrant Roundup

Posted: 7:14 PM, Feb 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-18 23:10:24-05

There are more than 48,000 outstanding warrants for class C misdemeanors in Corpus Christi according to the city’s municipal court director, and next week police will start arresting people for them. That’s why the court labeled this week “Amnesty Week,” in which you can resolve warrants without the fear of arrest.

“We don’t want people to get arrested,” municipal court director Gilbert Hernandez said. “We want to help you. Come in and let us help you resolve those violations.”

If you choose to appear in person, you will meet one-on-one with a municipal court worker. During that meeting you’ll come to terms on how much money you owe for your warrants, and if necessary, work out a payment plan.

“Either give you an option to do community service to pay off your citation or put you on a payment plan,” Hernandez said. “There’s options for everybody.”

Corpus Christi resident Christopher Garcia took advantage of Amnesty Week, appearing at the municipal court today to resolve the warrants against him.

“I think that’s great for us,” Garcia said of Amnesty Week. “That’s why I took the opportunity to come over here now before anything worse happens.”

The Great Texas Warrant Roundup begins Saturday. Click here to find out if you have any warrants out for your arrest and how to resolve them.

“This week, we encourage everyone to come in and handle those cases before the marshals start actively seeking people starting Saturday.”