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Two Week Grace Period Before Warrant Roundup Begins

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio

Last year, about 25,000 warrants were cleared during the annual warrant roundup, and in two weeks the San Antonio Police Department and other law enforcement in Bexar County will head out again.

“They are all warrants that would involve no jail time; it's all fines," said SAPD Chief William McManus. "The unfortunate part is that if you don't clear the warrant and you are picked up on it you will spend some time in jail while the warrant is being taken care of.”

On March 1 his officers will begin knocking on doors and visiting offices of those who haven’t taken care of their warrants.

"We don’t want to have to arrest people for a warrant they haven't cleared," he said. "We want to see them do it the easy way."

Which is why there is a grace period for people clear their name by visiting municipal court of any of the city link centers. McManus said there won’t be an arrest if someone  clears their name in person, but it is a different story if you are stopped by an officer.

"If you are stopped by a police officer, whether it is San Antonio or any other jurisdiction, you will be arrested, event during the grace period," he said.

There are 250,000 outstanding warrants with the San Antonio Police Department from over the past ten years. If you have warrant in another Bexar County municipality you must contact its municipal court.

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