Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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February 24, 2013

Warrant roundup under way

Pay early to avoid arrest


Johnson County residents with outstanding warrants take note; the Great Texas Warrant Roundup begins March 2 and runs through March 15. 

More than 120 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will join forces to track down and arrest residents with warrants. 

Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom encouraged warrant holders to pay their fines now to avoid arrest and possible jail time. Fines may be paid online at Warrant holders may also pay early in the court through which their warrant was issued. Acceptable methods of payment include cashier’s check, money order and credit card. Cash payments are accepted only if paying in person.

McBroom said his office will remain open all day Saturday to process those brought in. JP 1 has about 4,000 outstanding warrants, McBroom estimated. He said those numbers include only his, not the remaining county courts.

Residents arrested and brought in on March 2 can either pay their fines or face jail time.

Cleburne police officers also plan to participate in the roundup.

“Officers will be attempting to locate anyone with outstanding Cleburne warrants,” CPD Chief Robert Severance said. “If these officers locate someone with warrants, they will be arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail.”

Participating agencies will focus on Class C charges, which include traffic violations, misdemeanor offenses and city ordinance violations although they may also focus on higher grade warrants.

CPD officials urged those with Cleburne warrants to come in on their own time before March 15 to take care of their warrants and not risk arrest. Residents doing so may be able to have their warrants resolved at a reduced rate, according to a CPD press release.

Those with Cleburne warrants who take advantage of that program will not be arrested, but they must contact the court to finalize arrangements. Officials urge residents to act quickly and stress that should an officer come to arrest you once the roundup begins, it will be too late to take advantage of the limited-time program.

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