Smith County gives last chance to pay outstanding warrant fees
POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:48am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 4:04pm
Smith County, Texas (KETK) — Smith County will be participating in a Warrant Round Up making it a last chance for citizens to pay their fines.
Anyone with outstanding court costs and fines has until Friday, February 28 to arrange for payment.
Smith County is combining forces with 320 other jurisdictions across the state to participate in the largest joint warrant round up of this type in the state.
On March 1, officers will begin visiting homes, neighborhoods, and places of work to arrest anyone who has not settled their debt with the County.
More than 1,300 bright yellow notices were mailed out this week to individuals with active warrants for delinquent fees in Smith County.
To avoid arrest for an outstanding warrant, it is important to call or visit the Smith County Collections Department before March 1st.
Anyone who comes to the Collections Department prepared to pay their debt in full before March 1st will not be arrested.
"Save yourself the expense and embarrassment of being picked up during the warrant round up. Call the Smith County Collections Department and make arrangements to pay your outstanding fees today," said Sheryl Keel, Smith County Judicial Compliance Supervisor.
The Smith County Courts have hundreds of active warrants at this time and they are seeking to clear them.
County officials are encouraging defendants to take advantage of the options available to settle outstanding warrants immediately. No amnesty is being offered in conjunction with the round-up effort.
You can check to see if you have unpaid court costs or fines online at www.smith-county.com or by calling the Smith County Collections Department at 903-590-4620.
Once the arrest period beings on March 1st, officers will target the persons on the warrant list and arrests can take place at any location, including your home, school, or workplace.
Smith County closed more than 400 cases and collected $80,000 in delinquent court fees during last year's Great Texas Warrant Round-Up.