GET A BREAK ON THOSE OLD TRAFFIC TICKETS AND COURT CASES!

HAVE YOU OR WILL YOU USE THIS AMNESTY PROGRAM!


Effective FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 through SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009, the City of Houston Municipal Courts will conduct an AMNESTY PROGRAM for qualifying defendants who have outstanding warrants and/or delinquent parking citations.

I.          WHO MAY PARTICIPATE

All delinquent cases issued prior to and including February 28, 2009, qualify to be resolved under Amnesty guidelines and procedures.

Only the defendant named in the citation or their attorney can participate in the amnesty period.  Bonding companies, friends, relatives, and spouses cannot make the request on behalf of someone else, except when paying a Capias Pro Fine, which is a previously adjudicated case.

The Amnesty guidelines do not apply to previously adjudicated cases where the defendant failed to pay the fine, failed to take defensive driving, or failed to complete community service, and are now in Capias Pro Fine status.

The Amnesty guidelines do not apply to a defendant that is in custody.

All minors under the age of seventeen (17) are considered “Juveniles”, and must appear in Court with a parent, guardian, or managing conservator to handle their cases including defendants charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Minor in Possession of Tobacco cases.  Defendants (17) and older are considered “Adults: (even if their citation was issued when they were a Juvenile) and their case(s) may be addressed and resolved as an Adult.


II.         CRIMINAL CASES

 Ø  Defendants/attorneys who voluntarily pay the standard fine in full on all of their outstanding delinquent (warrant status) citations will not be assessed additional warrant fees or arrest fees.

Ø  Defendants who voluntarily pay the standard fines in full on all outstanding delinquent (warrant status) citations, will not be assessed an additional “Failure to Appear” (FTA) charge.  Additional violations of a FTA will be assessed at 50% of the standard fine.

Ø  Defendants with one or more charges of FTA with no associated underlying cases(s) may pay a reduced fine of 50% of the standard fine.

 CONDITIONS:

Any defendant who voluntarily appears in the Municipal Court during amnesty will be permitted to pay all outstanding unadjudicated delinquent cases with assessment of FTA fine and warrant fees and will not be subject to arrest and incarceration.