The Edinburg Municipal Court has extended the duration of the amnesty program that was held Jan. 16 through Jan. 27. This will allow people with outstanding citations more time to pay up without being arrested. After receiving numbers calls from people still waiting on their income tax returns, Edinburg Municipal Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios decided to forego on the scheduled warrant roundups for Feb. and give people more time to settle up with the court. During this amnesty period, the City will waive all Class “C” arrest warrants and dismiss the failure to appear charge for those who show up in person.
The court is currently owed more than $8 million in outstanding ticket citations dating back to 2007. Court personnel say the $8 million represent some 36,000 outstanding cases. The violations include traffic and penal code Class “C” offenses.
People are encouraged to take advantage of this amnesty period by making full payment or by making arrangements to pay the fine through an installment method.
After the additional 18-day amnesty period, the Court will conduct the scheduled warrant roundups in March. The warrant roundup days are planned for March 3-4, 10-11, and 14-16, 24-25, and 31 – April 1. Originally, the roundups were supposed to have started today and then each weekend until the end of Feb.
Those with outstanding fines are encouraged to pay up or make arrangements to avoid being arrested either at home or at work.
Payments can be made at the Edinburg Municipal Court located at 1702 S. Closner Boulevard on the north inside part of the Edinburg Police Department. Payments are accepted between 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. through Thur. and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays. For more information or to find out if you owe a ticket call (956) 318-8819.