The Great Warrant Round-Up Is Here, But Not As Much Fun As It Sounds

Looking to have your day ruined? Then don't pay those outstanding fines you have filed away somewhere.

It's time for another Warrant Round-Up, where law enforcement officials will take time from fighting crime or giving out speeding tickets to go harass some guy who forgot he owes a couple of hundred dollars for some long-ago parking ticket that started out at thirty bucks.

There are more than 200,000 warrants outstanding from Harris County misdemeanor courts, officials say, and if everyone paid up the government would be $60 million richer....and could afford to spare officers to go knocking on doors and businesses and taking people in.

There are 54,000 outstanding fines of another type, worth $16 million.

Citizens are being urged to pay up pronto or face the wrath of the law. If you're really unlucky, you may be one of the people who get a visit while a TV news crew tags along. The Round-Up lasts until March 15.

We're all about the service at Hair Balls, so here's the info you need to know:

You've got until tomorrow to pay up or you're on the "go get `em" list. Cash, money order, cashier's check or credit card can all be used, but you have to go to the court where the fine originated from.

A lot of those courts will be opened with extra hours tomorrow Here's the list, with the court number listed first (i.e., "1.1" is Precinct 1, Court Number 1):

1.1 Judge Gorczynski, 8 a.m. -- 3 p.m.
1.2 Judge Patronella, 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
2.1 Judge Delgado 7:30 a.m. -- noon
2.2 Judge Risner 7:30 a.m. -- noon
3.1 Judge Parrott, 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
3.2 Judge Polumbo, 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
5.1 Judge Ridgway 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
5.2 Judge Yeoman, 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
6.1 Judge Vara 8 a.m. -- 1 p.m.
7.2 Judge Burney 9 a.m. -- noon
8.1 Judge Williamson 7 a.m. -- 3 p.m.
8.2 Judge Ditta 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

You can check this website to see if you're in trouble. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Richard Connelly
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