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Warrants

 Law Enforcement for the Municipal Court

The City of Palestine Marshal's Department is the law enforcement arm of the municipal court. It's duties include:

  • Arresting defendants in warrant status
  • Serving summons & subpoenas issued by the Municipal Court
  • Transporting prisoners being held on Palestine Class C misdemeanor warrants                                                                                               

Licensed Peace Officers

The City Marshal's Department also provides security support for court operations which is comprised of judges, court staff and visitors. City Marshals are duly licenses peace officers under state law and have full police powers throughout the State of Texas.

Listing of Active Warrants

The Marshal's office maintains a complete listing of:

Active Warrants

Local Top Ten Warrants

Top Ten Warrants

Arrest Warrant Status (AW)

If you fail to appear on your case by the initial appearance date listed on your citation, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. There will also be an additional violation filed against you, referred to as a Failure to Appear (FTA) or a Violate Promise to Appear (VPTA), incurring separate fines and fees.

If your case is in an arrest warrant status, the following options are available:

  • Post a personal bond to secure a trial date and  have an opportunity to speak with the prosecutor before preceding with a trial. (This option is required to be done in person, in open court.)
  • Plea Guilty or No Contest and pay your fines in full.
  • Begin a Payment Plan. (This option is required to be done in person, in open court.)
  • Turn yourself in at the Anderson County Jail located at 1200 East Lacy Street, Palestine, Texas 75801. Credit is required to be given in the amount of $50 per 24 hour period.

Capias Pro Fine Warrant Status (CP)

A Capias Pro Fine warrant is issued when a Defendant fails to comply with a court issued order. In these instances, a plea has already been accepted and payment arrangements have been made. If your case is in Capias Pro Fine status the following options are available:

  • Pay the fines due in full. You may make a payment in full online, over the phone, or in person. * You will not be arrested if you appear in person with active warrants with the intention to pay in full.
  • Turn yourself in at the Anderson County Jail located at 1200 East Lacy Street, Palestine, Texas 75801. Credit is required to be given in the amount of $50 per 24 hour period.

Third Party Collections

In addition to services provided by our City Marshal's department, the Palestine Municipal Court also refers past due warrants to a third-party collection agency, McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen, PC. For all cases referred, an additional 30% is added to the total owed on your violation. The warrant will not be lifted until your balance (including the additional 30%) is paid in full.

 We also forward all cases in warrant status to OMNI Base Service of Texas. This statewide database will deny re-issuance of your driver's license indefinitely, until you have paid or disposed of all active cases. Payments for any case that is now in warrant status must be by cash, money order, cashier's check, or credit card. Personal checks will not be accepted. To verify the status of your license, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety's verification site.

WARNING: IF YOU FAIL TO DISPOSE OF YOUR WARRANT, OUR CITY MARSHAL WILL ACTIVELY PURSUE YOUR ARREST AT YOUR HOME, PLACE OF BUSINESS OR ANY OTHER LOCATION.

 

Contact:

City Marshal:
Mark Harcrow                                 mharcrow@palestine-tx.org
Ph: (903) 731-8476

Presiding Judge:
Hon. Bill Curley

Associate Judge:
Hon. James Todd

504 N. Queen Street
Palestine, TX 75801
Fax: (903) 731-8486

Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Thursday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm                            Friday