Q. What is the purpose of the Warrant Resolution Month?
A. A chance for an individual to resolve disregarded or failed traffic citations, code enforcement violations and misdemeanor warrants remotely without having to appear in person.
Q. Why is the Warrant Resolution Month done now?
A. To help create public awareness of the Resolution Month. Additionally, tax refund season offers a better opportunity for customers to resolve their cases.
Q. Why is there no Amnesty Period this year?
A. The amnesty period is the time before arrests begin during the warrant roundup. Individuals are given an opportunity to resolve their cases without arrest. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a Warrant Roundup where peace officers are actively seeking people with warrants. This year the Warrant Resolution Month offers the same idea as the amnesty period – resolve your cases without arrests and without appearing in person.
NOTE: some people have active warrants that were issued prior to March 2020 and always run the risk of being stopped and arrested. The Court wants to provide the avenue for resolving those warrants without appearing in person and removing the risk of an arrest.
Q. How many warrants are outstanding?
A. The number constantly changes because some are resolved. From 2017 to current, there are about 64,028 active warrants.
Q. How can I find out if I have warrants?
A. Visit www.municipalrecordsearch.com/corpuschristitx/cases, email MCmail@cctexas.com or Call (361) 826-2500.
Q. How can I found out if I have warrants in another city?
A. If you think you have warrants out of other cities, you may be able to search www.municipalrecordsearch.com and a list of cities with the similar software will appear or contact that jurisdiction.
Q. What can I request through the Municipal Court’s email?
A. Customers who contact the court by email can:
- Request a remote hearing date if alternative options to resolve their case are needed.
- Request a payment plan.
- Request Deferred Disposition
- Request the status and/or balance of their citation.
Q. What are my options if I find out I have warrants?
A. Depending on the type of warrant issued, you may pay the fine and court costs, request to have your case(s) reset for a remote hearing, you may also seek legal advice from an attorney, or you may set up a payment plan and or request permission to perform community service if you qualify.
Q. If I come to court to pay, will I be arrested?
A. No. Although the Municipal Court is a “safe harbor” court, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Municipal Court is asking anyone to refrain from appearing to the courthouse in person and make arrangements by paying online or by phone, mailing the payment, or contact the Court if other options are needed.
Q. If I want to clear my citation, what are my payment options?
A. Payments can be paid in full online at www.municipalonlinepayments.com/corpuschristitx, or by standard mail to:
120 N. Chaparral St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.
There is also a drop box located at the entrance of Municipal Court.
Q. What if I want to clear my citation but cannot afford to pay my balance in full?
If you cannot afford to pay in full, email or call the court to set up a payment plan or request other options.
Q. How much will my fine cost?
A. To find out what your total amount due is on each violation, visit www.municipalrecordsearch.com/corpuschristitx/cases , email MCmail@cctexas.com or Call (361) 826-2500.
Violations totals include the FINE which is determined by the presiding judge plus COURT COSTS payable to the state. The maximum for most traffic violations is $200. State Penal Code violations and city ordinance violations are $500 each, while other city ordinance violations carry fines between $1,000 and $4,000. Therefore, a traffic violation with a fine of $75.00 plus $134.00 court costs will have a full balance of $209.00. However, a judge has the discretion to increase the fine to $200 based on the circumstances. Then the balance will be $334.00.
Q. What happens if I fail to resolve my case?
A. The Court may initiate the following actions:
- Refer your case to a collection agency which adds 30% to the total owed.
- Send notification to the Department of Public Safety which will result in a denial of renewal of your driver’s license which adds a $10.00 fee.
- A warrant will be issued for your arrest which adds a $50.00 fee.
- Refer your case to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles which will result in a denial of renewal of registration of one or more vehicles under that person’s name.
- If the case is in warrant, you may be detained and transported to the City Jail.