MCALLEN – The city of McAllen announced their Failure to Appear Amnesty Program will run from June 15 to July 31.
Those with traffic violations can appear without being arrested or given any additional fines, said the release.
Arrangements can be made through the email at email@example.com. By mail at McAllen Municipal Court, 1601 N. Bicentennial Boulevard or by phone at 956-681-2900 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, said the city.
The release adds the amnesty does not apply if an officer is now or has been actively looking for a defendant.
“Offering the amnesty, that is, not arresting those who have failed to make arrangements on their outstanding traffic violations, is a great way to help bring in individuals who, for whatever reason, did not show up on their appointed court date and are now possibly living in fear of being arrested,” said Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Henley in the release. “The amnesty provides them with an opportunity to pay, or make arrangements to pay their fines, without receiving additional fees and more importantly, without fear of being arrested.”
Individuals may qualify for late fee dismissal, setting up payment plans or even being ordered to complete community service instead. However, to help in the process, individuals should provide paystubs, government assistance, together with proof of mortgage and/or rent payment, utility bills and car payment to help the Municipal Court in making that determination.
Those who have received a ticket or citation from a McAllen peace officer, a McAllen I.S.D. peace officer or an officer with South Texas College in McAllen need to contact the City of McAllen Municipal Court to make arrangements to pay the fine or contest the violation, said the press release.
Fines may also be paid online here.
Important information on COVID-19 and amnesty period from the City of McAllen.
VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS POLICY
The city adds that in light of the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, the McAllen Municipal Court
encourages all persons who have received and owe tickets to stay home and contact the Court by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (956) 681-2900 from 8 a.m. until
5 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
For individuals age 65 and over, those who have a health condition that might cause them to be more vulnerable to the coronavirus, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma or a compromised immune system cause by cancer, chemotherapy or another therapy, please contact the court to participate in court hearing by telephone or teleconference.
The city asks that attendees practice social distancing.