Warrant round up: know your rights

Posted at 7:40 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 20:52:00-05

The warrant round-up kicks off this weekend with Waco, Temple and more than 300 participating municipalities.

People with outstanding traffic tickets are told to pay up or they could be facing jail time. One advocacy group wants people to know that there may be another option for those who can't afford to pay.

Advocacy group American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is teaming up with Texas Appleseed and Texas Fair Defense Project to let low-income Texans know their legal rights. 

Rebecca Bernhardt, executive director of the Texas Fair Defense Project, says that too often people are uniformed of the options when dealing with their outstanding court debts.

"If you don't have the ability to pay, the law says they're supposed to figure out alternatives to paying the full amount," Bernhardt said.

If an individual is unable pay, they need to head to the municipal court and speak to a clerk.

"The folks that don't have the ability to pay the full amount are entitled to community service or payment plan or even a waiver to part or all of what they owe," she said.

People who do not have enough money to pay the court debts may include those on government assistance, disability, or those working minimum- and low-wage jobs.

A judge will ultimately decide whether or not a person's financial situation means they get an alternative to paying the fine or jail time.

It is important that those who know they have outstanding warrants settle them as soon as they can. Police can and will arrest you at your home, job or wherever they may find you for the traffic fines.

To get more information on the City of Waco's Warrant Roundup, check out their website

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