Police trigger annual warrant roundup to hunt down Dallas scofflaws
If you have an outstanding traffic ticket, it's time for the scofflaw party, when law enforcement agencies across North Texas conduct their annual state-wide warrant roundup for Class C offenses.
They'll be up early: Beginning at 6 am on March 7, officers will head out to find and arrest people with unresolved traffic and non-traffic citations and warrants. Offenders could be arrested and jailed, or else have their vehicle registration renewal put on hold. In Dallas and other cities, drivers may also be subject to denial of their driver's license renewal.
Chief deputy Marshal Paul Hansen says that the annual roundup results in thousands of arrests, with more than 300 police agencies participating this year, a number that has grown every year.
"For the last 10 years, there's been a cooperative effort with agencies throughout the state," he says. "We're looking more for compliance and not so much that we want to go out and arrest everybody."
These are arrest warrants that have been signed by a judge. "It could be traffic or code-related, but it could also be family violence or a simple assault," he says.
Detainees will be brought to the city detection center, where an extra shift of municipal judges will be on hand to process the arrests.
"We want everybody to know it's a good time to set up a payment plan to comply voluntarily and take care of their business with the courts," Hansen says.
If you're not sure whether you have a warrant, you can check here. It is entirely up to you as to whether you want to check and see if any of your friends has an outstanding warrant, as well. And because some media will be riding along on the roundup, one presumes you can see said friends get busted on Saturday night's local news.