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Houston Municipal Courts Offer Amnesty Period until November 17

Defendants will be allowed to resolve eligible delinquent cases and will not be arrested

The City of Houston's Municipal Courts Department is offering a Fall amnesty period starting October 26 and until November 17.
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The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department is offering a Fall amnesty period until November 17.

The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department announced Thursday its Fall amnesty program, by which any defendant who voluntarily appears at any Municipal Court location during the amnesty period will be allowed to resolve all of their eligible delinquent cases and will not be arrested.

The amnesty period will begin Friday, October 26, at 8 a.m. and will end on Saturday, November 17, at 11:59 p.m. It includes Failure to Appear cases.

Cases eligible for amnesty include cases that were delinquent prior to September 1, 2018.

Only the defendant named in the citation or their attorney can participate in the Amnesty Program. Bonding companies, friends, relatives, and spouses cannot make the amnesty request on behalf of someone else.

"Many of our citizens are still putting the pieces back together from Harvey, and we understand that sometimes many are not able to meet all their obligations," said Judge J. Elaine Marshall, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department. "We are hoping this final Amnesty of the year will give everyone the opportunity to clear up old business, reduce the stress that delinquent cases cause, to start the new year off fresh."

The Amnesty Program does not apply to a defendant that is in custody, previously adjudicated cases, parking citations, administrative violations, bond forfeitures, or civil cases. Individuals may call the Houston Helpline by dialing 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 for questions about whether their specific case(s) is amnesty eligible.

Defendants may take advantage of the amnesty program by phone, US Mail or in person at any Municipal Court location.