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Got a warrant? Afraid of jail? Fort Worth offers full month to settle without arrest

Got a few unpaid tickets? Fort Worth is letting a few slide...

The Fort Worth Police Department is offering warrant forgiveness for Class C misdemeanors, rather than arresting people with unpaid tickets. Class C misdemeanors include traffic tickets, barking dogs and other minor offenses.
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The Fort Worth Police Department is offering warrant forgiveness for Class C misdemeanors, rather than arresting people with unpaid tickets. Class C misdemeanors include traffic tickets, barking dogs and other minor offenses.

If you’ve got a Fort Worth warrant and you don’t want to be arrested, February is your time to take care of it.

The Fort Worth Municipal Court next month again will forgo arresting those who show up to court with warrants. Instead, people may be eligible for community service or a reduction in the fine amount.

Fort Worth operates a Safe Harbor court, meaning residents visiting a municipal court location will not be arrested for outstanding warrants issued by the city’s municipal court.

The city first offered Warrant Forgiveness Month last February, opting for reduced or waived fees, community service and other options free of the humiliation of arrest and the collateral damage that can accompany going to jail. Smaller Safe Harbor events were in April and November.

Ahead of the November event, about 370,000 people were facing Class C warrants out of Fort Worth Municipal Court. Those are low-level offenses such as traffic tickets, barking dog violations and other nonviolent minor offenses.

Through the city’s Court in the Community program, the court will also provide remote locations for taking care of the warrants.

They include:

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m.- noon, Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.

▪ Thursday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.- noon, Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

▪ Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.- noon, Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St.

▪ Thursday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.- noon, Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

▪ Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.- noon, Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

▪ Thursday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m.- noon, Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

▪ Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.- noon, Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave.

▪ Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.- noon, Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger St.

Extended service will be offered at the A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Free parking is available near the building.

Fort Worth Municipal Court and the Fort Worth Marshal's office set up a mobile courthouse in the parking lot of the East Regional Library to help residents who have warrants for ticket violations pay the fines and get the warrants off their record

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