Warrant roundup in Beaumont - two weeks grace

Warrant roundup in Beaumont - two weeks grace

Area law enforcement agencies and municipal courts are joining forces to host a warrant roundup beginning Friday, July 25, the Beaumont Police Department reports, and several cities within Jefferson County are participating.

The effort targets thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code, and higher-charge warrants from around the area.

Prior to the roundup, law enforcement agencies are offering a two-week grace period. The two-week grace period allows citizens time to resolve outstanding warrants. By taking advantage of this grace period, they can avoid the additional costs, inconvenience and embarrassment of arrest during the enforcement phase, which begins on Friday, July 25, at 5 p.m., says BPD.

Once the enforcement phase begins, officers are joining forces to serve any outstanding warrants. During the enforcement phase, people who did not take advantage of the grace period may face arrest anywhere, including while driving, at home or on their job.

Participating agencies encourage any person with current warrants to contact the appropriate court during the next two weeks to take care of their warrant. Most outstanding warrants can be handled through the appropriate city websites.

Individuals do not have to present their original citation; however, the person appearing before the courts must be the individual charged with the violations.

During the last warrant roundup in January, officers were able to clear more than 800 outstanding warrants during the grace period and made more than 350 warrant arrests during the enforcement phase.

According to BPD Sgt. Rob Flores, defendants should act now to avoid arrest and associated fees.

“The whole goal of this is to give people the opportunity to take care of their warrants,” Flores said, “The point of this is to remind people who may have forgotten to pay their traffic tickets and to encourage people to follow traffic laws for safety. If you follow the traffic laws, you can avoid a citation and hopefully avoid accident. We hope everyone affected will take advantage of this grace period. It’s the perfect time to come in and make arrangements with the court.”

Flores said he would love if he and his fellow officers never had to write a citation again, but they do it to make the roads safer for drivers.

“We have fatalities every year that result from people not following traffic laws,” Flores said. “When you consider that, a citation is a small price to pay for safety.”