Warrants cleared in roundup
Hays County’s backlog of misdemeanor warrants has been greatly reduced.
That’s the result of a warrant roundup late last month that cleared nearly 300 tickets — either by being paid before the sweep or by people brought in June 28 and taken before a judge.
“Law enforcement’s goal is to clear up court warrants to expedite the court process for all citizens, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith said. “Our intent was to encourage offenders to pay their fines, in whole or through setting up a payment plan. By working together throughout the county, we were able to make this a successful program.”
The program included plenty of warning. Hundreds of collection letters were sent out in early June to people who had outstanding warrants advising of the impending roundup and the fact they could save a $50 warrant fee by turning themselves in.
Many of those who responded — including some with multiple warrants — were not able to pay in full but were allowed to set up a payment plan at the judge’s discretion. Some who met criteria for indigency were are being allowed to perform community service.
Forefront in the roundup were Hays County and the city of Buda, with sheriffs deputies and deputy constables involved. In addition to Smith, the Buda Municipal Court saw those with warrants.
“Our law enforcement and court staffs did a remarkable job, and their long hours paid off for our community,” Smith said.