ARREST WARRANT DISCLAIMER
“SAFE HARBOR” AMNESTY PROGRAM
FOR DEFENDANTS WITH WARRANTS WHO VOLUNTARILY TURN THEMSELVES IN
The Weatherford Municipal Court has initiated a new formal policy of not arresting any individuals with active (Class C) Weatherford Municipal Court Warrants who voluntarily come in during normal business hours.
(Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).
Defendants who have failed to appear in court and have arrest warrants and defendants who have been convicted of charges but have failed to pay their fines and have a capias warrant (writ ordering an arrest) will both be given amnesty and will not be arrested if they voluntarily come to the Weatherford Municipal Court. Defendants who appear voluntarily will be given an opportunity to set their cases for court and see a judge or if they just want to pay their fine and costs they can do so on a time payment plan. Time payment plans normally allow defendants 3 months to pay their fines and costs. In special situations the judge may allow a longer period of time, depending on the amount owed and the defendant’s financial situation.
Defendants who are indigent (poor and/or unemployed) and unable to pay their fines or court costs, will be set for a court date to speak to a judge about their financial situation. If the judge makes a judicial finding that a defendant is indigent and unable to pay the fine and court costs, the judge may offer alternatives to the payment of a fine, such as allowing indigent defendants to perform community service, which is credited at the rate of $100 for every 8 hours worked. All community service plans must be for non-profit organizations and must be approved by the court.
In cases of severe financial hardship, the judge has the authority to decrease the fine or number of community service hours required depending on the severity of the defendant’s financial situation. In severe hardship situations the judge may discharge all or part of the fine and court costs, pursuant to Article 45.0491, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Defendants who do not come in voluntarily, to take care of their warrants, are subject to arrest in any public place and their place of employment. Defendants who are arrested will be transported and booked into the Parker County Jail. Their cars may be impounded if the arrest takes place during a traffic stop. Once booked into jail, defendants will be required to post bail or pay their fine before being released.
It is always best to appear in court and take care of your court cases rather than refusing to appear. If you voluntarily appear at Weatherford Municipal Court, 303 Palo Pinto St, Weatherford, TX 76086 to work out a payment plan or to request a court hearing- you will not be arrested. If you have questions about your warrant, contact Court Staff, at (817) 598-4120 or by fax at (817) 598-4356 or by email at www.weatherfordtx.gov.
Officer J. Gutierrez is the officer assigned to the Municipal Court. His duties are to act as court Bailiff and to arrest any persons with outstanding Class C warrants issued out of the Municipal Court. If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest issued out of Weatherford Municipal Court, please see Officer Gutierrez for assistance in resolving your warrant issues.
Appear in person at the Weatherford Municipal Court at 303 Palo Pinto St., Weatherford, Texas 76086 or contact the Municipal Court at 817.598.4120.
For more information please call 817.598.4120.