Missouri City cleared 381 warrants and netted $86,749 during a Statewide Warrant Roundup from February 19 through March 13. The collections include monies paid for fines, court costs and bonds. With the amount of jail time served, known as face value, the City’s roundup effort totaled more than $141,000.
Most of the 381 warrants that were resolved involved traffic cases. One notable offense, an alcohol-related case dating back to 1998, was among those cleared.
One example of a small fine that ballooned to a large amount because it was left unpaid until the warrant roundup is that of an initial $164 fine for an individual who was cited for driving without a license. After fees, failure to pay and entering a plea in court, the defendant owed a total of $317.20.
Haney said examples like this are the reason the City urges people who have outstanding warrants to take care of them as soon as possible.
“The sad part is if they had just taken care of the fines when we first sent out letters before they were in warrant, the cost would have been much less. They decided not to act on letters from the City or the collection agency; and some also received letters from the Texas Department of Public Safety,” Haney said. “Sooner or later, the fine will have to be paid, because the Department of Public Safety will not renew a driver’s license for those who have outstanding warrants.”
In 2010, Missouri City cleared 281 warrants and netted $63,000 during the warrant roundup. With the amount of jail time served, the City’s sweep totaled more than $100,000.