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Houston offers traffic ticket amnesty

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 8:49 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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People with unpaid tickets may be eligible for discounted fines under the City of Houston Municipal Court 2013 Amnesty Program.

The program began Tuesday and continues through Feb. 9, court officials said.

Most traffic and non-traffic citations that became delinquent on or before Oct. 21 will be eligible for discounts.

Previously adjudicated cases, as well as parking and red-light-camera citations, are not eligible for the discount program, officials said.

Court officials encourage anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of the program to resolve the cases at a discounted rate.

"Now is the time for anyone with a delinquent case to come forward and resolve your court matters, because you have the opportunity to save a lot of money, hundreds of dollars in some cases," Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle said in a news release announcing the program.

"We are available for anyone who has questions; just call us at 311 if we can be of assistance. There is also information regarding our programs on our website," Hartle said.

For more information about city of Houston warrants or citations, visit www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact the city's helpline at 311, or 713-837-0311 if outside Houston.