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Fort Worth court throws a warrant forgiveness party for February

Fort Worth court throws a warrant forgiveness party for February

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Most of the warrants are for things like parking tickets. KOMU.com

If you've been skulking around Fort Worth with a warrant hanging over your head, you're getting a second chance: The Fort Worth Municipal Court has declared February "Warrant Forgiveness Month."

Anyone with an outstanding warrant who appears voluntarily at a Municipal Court location in February could get off with community service or a reduction in fine, based on one's ability to pay.

This is the third year that Fort Worth has held a warrant forgiveness event, and it's been a winner, says interim court director William F. Rumuly.

"Over the last two years, we have been able to help more than 10,000 residents address close to 40,000 outstanding warrants without fear of arrest," Rumuly says in a statement.

Fort Worth is a "Safe Harbor," meaning that if you show up at a Municipal Court, you won't be arrested.

According to NBC 5, there are an estimated 280,000 outstanding warrants for people with Class C misdemeanors in Fort Worth - those would be minor infractions like speeding tickets, or being cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

The following two court locations are open Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm, through the end of February:

  • A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St.
  • Southwest Municipal Court Building, 3741 Southwest Loop 820

In addition, the court system is setting up shop at these remote locations, 9 am-12 noon, on these days:

  • Wednesday February 12: Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.
  • Thursday February 13: East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.
  • Wednesday February 19: Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4396 McPherson Blvd.
  • Thursday February 20: Atwood’s, 6001 Lake Worth Blvd.
  • Saturday February 22: True Worth Place, 1513 E. Presidio St.
  • Wednesday February 26: Boys and Girls Club, 3123 Avenue G.
  • Thursday February 27: Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

The court encourages anyone with outstanding citations to participate in this initiative to help resolve their cases.

"Warrant Forgiveness Month is a great opportunity for people to take care of their outstanding citations - please come see us," says Chief Judge Danny Rodgers.