Submitted by Nancy Primeaux, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Do you or someone you know have unpaid traffic warrants? If so, “Pay Up! or Get Locked Up!” Law enforcement officers across Texas have united in an effort to target those who havefailed to pay up or clear their warrants. The Cities of McKinney, Balch Springs, Dallas, DeSoto, Irving,Lancaster, and Wylie are conducting the warrant round-up campaignto collect unpaid traffic warrants.
The seventh annual 2013 Great Texas Warrant Round-up gets underway on March 2nd. More than 300 lawenforcement agencies across the state (154 in the North Texas area) will be seeking defendants who havenot fulfilled their legal obligation to pay their outstanding warrants – regardless of the number – and willbe arresting Defendants at home, work, or when stopped by a Peace Officer. North Texas agencies haveagreed to work together to arrest and hold wanted individuals for other agency warrants, until transport isarranged to each other’s jail. So, if you are not paid up, you could wind up being escorted from a cityblock to a cell block.
As a result of last year’s Great Texas Warrant Round-up, nearly 212,000 warrants were cleared across thestate and $24 million was collected by local law enforcement agencies. In addition, scofflaws will find therenewal of their driver’s license, state identification card, and vehicle registration particularly difficult as boththe Department of Public Safety and Dallas County will NOT issue a renewal to wanted individuals.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP (LGB&S) has sent Warrant Round-up Notification letters todefendants owing unpaid traffic warrants to the entities. On behalf of the City of McKinney, 3,462 notices(representing 7,003 citations) were mailed for a total of $2,354,722. Billboards, DART bus ads, radioannouncements, mobile phone ads, and community posters have been initiated to warn citizens that theyneed to either Pay Up! or Get Locked Up!
Citizens with outstanding warrants are encouraged to call the law firm’s central toll-free number at 1(877) 268-6128 to pay their unpaid citations or visit the Municipal Court building from which the citationwas issued to pay in person. To pay online, citizens can go to the City of McKinney website (http://www.mckinneytexas.org). Unsure if you have an outstanding traffic warrant? The City of McKinneyposts online the names of people with outstanding warrants.
McKinney’s City Marshal, Tim Rich, is quoted saying, “We hope our citizens heed this warning anddecide to take care of their warrants voluntarily rather than go to jail. Come see us now before we findyou.”