"I GOT A WARRANT! WHAT DO I DO?"
If you miss your court date without a valid excuse, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You may use the link above to find out if a warrant has been issued in your case. Some warrants may not appear online, so you should also contact the Court Clerk if you want to confirm whether or not you have a warrant.
If you do not keep up with your payment plan, or if you otherwise fail to successfully complete your case, you may be subject to a "post-judgment arrest warrant", or "Capias Profine".
If you have an arrest warrant or Capias Profine, additional fees will be added to the fine and court costs that you already owe. Information about you and your vehicle will be entered into a nationwide police database. If you are stopped by police for any reason, the officer who stopped you will be notified that there is an outstanding warrant or Capias Profine for your arrest. You may be taken into custody. Your vehicle may be impounded.
Tomball Municipal Court is serious about serving warrants and Capias Profines. We do not wait for annual "Warrant Roundups". Our full-time warrant officers seek out and arrest people with outstanding warrants and Capias Profines YEAR-ROUND! If you have outstanding warrants or Capias Profines, you should take immediate action. Contact the Court right away. It will be costly and embarrassing if you are arrested at your home or business.
Arrest warrants and Capias Profines never "go away" until you come to Court and resolve your case(s). If you ignore your warrant or Capias Profine, you may be arrested at any time in the future, no matter where you are or what you are doing.
IF YOU HAVE ACTIVE WARRANTS OR CAPIAS PROFINES, YOU HAVE SEVERAL OPTIONS.
Please read this section very carefully. If you make a good faith effort to resolve your warrant or Capias Profine, we will try to help you. You will not be arrested if you come to Court to work things out.
Your options include:
- Option # 1: Appear at Tomball Municipal Court and plea "Guilty" or "No Contest". Pay your fine, court costs, and fees. If you cannot pay the fine in one lump sum, then you may apply for a payment plan.
- Option #2: Appear at Tomball Municipal Court and post a cash bond. Posting a bond will immediately remove your arrest warrant. Usually, the cash bond amount is the amount due listed on your warrant. Posting a bond does not mean that you are guilty of your charged offense. You will be scheduled to come to court and discuss your case with the prosecutor. If you wish to plea "Not Guilty" you can do so. Your cash bond can be used to help pay fines and fees, and your cash bond balance will be refunded to you after your case is disposed (if you do not owe fines and fees). If you have a "post-judgment warrant", or "Capias Profine", you cannot post a bond.
- Option # 3: Go to a bail bondsman (Surety) and have him post your bond for you. Posting a bond will immediately remove your arrest warrant. You will have to find a bonding company that is registered with Harris County. Posting a bond is not payment of your fine or fees, and you may still owe fines or fees when your case is finally disposed. Your warrants will be lifted, but you will have to come to court on your scheduled date. The surety fees you pay to a bail bondsman are not refundable. NO OUT OF COUNTY BONDS WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you have a Capias Profine, you may not post a Surety bond.
- Option # 4: Hire an attorney. Your attorney can post an "Attorney Bond" for you. Please note that the attorney has to be registered with Harris County as an approved surety in order to post your bond. Most importantly, your attorney can give you legal advice and tell you about all the consequences of your decisions relative to your case. Remember, Court staff, judges, and prosecutors are not allowed to give you legal advice; only your attorney can do that. If you have a Capias Profine, your attorney cannot post bond for you.
- Option #5: You can turn yourself in to the Tomball Police Department. You will be taken into custody. A Magistrate will see you within 24 hours to discuss your options with you. The Magistrate may lower your bond or release you without requiring a bond as long as you promise to appear in Court.
- Option #6: Come to a "Safeharbor Docket" and speak to the judge about your warrants or Capias Profines. You will not be arrested if you appear in Court for a "Safeharbor" hearing. "Safeharbor Dockets" are usually on Wednesday mornings at 9:00. You should contact the Court Clerk in advance for instructions on when and where to appear. If you appear before the judge on a "Safeharbor Docket", the judge will place your warrants or Capias Profines "on hold" and you will not be arrested as long as you appear in Court and work toward resolving your cases as required.
- Option #7: Come to the Court Clerk's office during business hours to request a convenient court date. You will not be arrested if you come to the Court Clerk's office to request a court date. If the judge grants you a court date, then you will be given a date to appear at a regular docket and discuss your case with the Prosecutor and/or Judge. If the judge grants your request for a court date, your warrants or Capias Profines will be placed "on hold" and you will not be arrested as long as you appear on your court date and work toward resolving your cases as required. If for some reason the judge does not grant your request for a new court date, you may still appear at any "Safeharbor Docket" as described in Option 6 above.
Payment options for warrants and Capias Profines are CASH, Credit Card (VISA or Mastercard ONLY), Money Order or a Certified Bank Check . NO PERSONAL CHECKS will be accepted once you have a warrant or Capias Profine. No phone payments will be accepted. Credit cards holders need to appear in person with photo ID.
If your warrant or Capias Profine is assigned for collection, a Private Collection Agency will contact you with information about your warrant or Capias Profine and how to make payments. Be aware that your warrants or Capias Profines are still active even after your cases are assigned to a collection agency, and you are still subject to arrest until the warrants or Capias Profines are resolved.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR INDIGENCY
If you do not have enough money to pay your fines and fees in one lump sum, then you may apply for a payment plan that allows you to delay payment or pay in installments.
Perhaps you lost your job or have serious health issues. If you are unable to pay fines or fees because of some special circumstances, you may still have many options to resolve your warrants or Capias Profines. You should contact the Court right away. The judge may have a hearing to determine whether you are "indigent", or too poor to satisfy your fines and fees with money.
If you are "indigent" you may be able to pay your fines and fees by performing "Community Service" or some other type of sentencing alternative that is more appropriate for your special situation. However, the only way to know whether you can work out your cases by alternative means is to come to Court and speak to the judge.
DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT THE COURT RIGHT AWAY TO SCHEDULE A COURT APPEARANCE. YOUR WARRANTS AND CAPIAS PROFINES WILL BE MORE DIFFICULT TO RESOLVE IF YOU DELAY.
WE WILL TRY TO HELP YOU RESOLVE YOUR WARRANTS AND CAPIAS PROFINES AS LONG AS YOU SHOW UP TO COURT AND TRY YOUR BEST.