If you have a traffic warrant in Nacogdoches this affects you!
The city’s municipal court is holding a “resolution day” this week.
That means, you can take care of your ticket without being detained or arrested.
“Resolution Day is something we would like to present to the public before warrant roundup,” said Associate Judge Hollie Dewberry. “It just allows anybody that has warrants to come in and have their situation, current situation, reconsidered by the court.”
It allows people with traffic warrants a chance to speak to a judge, without having to set up a court date.
The court can then examine your financial situation and make a payment plan for you fines.
“If you have warrants normally you can get picked up at anytime but this day is set aside for you to come in, come to court, explain, show good cause,” said Judge Dewberry. “If you do so the judge would reconsider cancelling the warrants and setting your initial agreement back up whether it be a payment plan or some other alternative means of payment.”
Resolution Day will be a marathon court session allowing residents the convenience of walking into the court and getting their situation handled in the same day.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that they can come in and speak to the judge without being arrested, which is not all cases, however on resolution day you’re going to be able to come in, not be detained and talk to the judge regarding your fines and fees and see if that can be reset,” said Judge Dewberry.
Since 2000 there are 11,800 outstanding warrants in the city of Nacogdoches.
The hope behind resolution day is many of those lighter warrants, such as traffic warrants, will be taken care of.
This way the warrant roundup can be more effective.
“These usually are a lot of old ones that have been sitting up for a while,” said Judge Dewberry. “Our officers can focus on higher warrants that would keep the city safe…and we don’t want an overload of municipal warrants, misdemeanors, taking over that warrant roundup.”
The day will also serve as an education tool for the public on how to properly take care of any warrants if issued one.
Resolution Day will be Friday, January 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00. Then again on January 20 at the same time.