Arrest warrants for unpaid fines to resume in Wichita County

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 1:04 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Starting in August, the Wichita Falls municipal court marshals will resume actively serving arrest warrants for unpaid fines.

They stopped doing so last year due to the pandemic; arrests will be starting again on Aug. 15.

During the early months of the pandemic, the Wichita County Jail had several people who tested positive for the Coronavirus and were quarantined, so county officials said only violent crime offenses needed to be addressed.

But now, the jail can once again accept individuals arrested for outstanding city warrants.

The court has taken into consideration the circumstance that 2020 brought with it, and has allowed an amnesty period from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 to allow people extra time to pay their fines or contact the court to make other arrangements to avoid arrest.

“This is about safety,” Stan Horton City Marshal of Wichita Falls said. “If you have a habitual violator who receives ticket after ticket after ticket for whatever reason and does not take care of them, they are a danger to you. You do not want to be out there driving with someone who does not have insurance or who does not care if they have insurance.”

Notices have been mailed or texted to individuals within Wichita Falls who currently have active warrants. You can pay in-person, by mail or online.

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