The City Marshal's office was established to help those people who for one reason or another find themselves in legal trouble with the Gainesville Municipal Court.
Traditional warrant service (putting people in jail) is an unfortunate necessity as a part of this program, however, this is not our goal. The Goal of this office is to assist those people who choose to make the right decision.
We publish a complete list of Warrants for the Municipal Court of the City of Gainesville. If you wish to see if you have an outstanding warrant click Warrant List or call (940) 668-4750. The warrant list is updated once a month. Please keep in mind the existence of a warrant is public record.
WHAT IS A WARRANT?
A "Warrant of Arrest" is a written order from a magistrate directed to a peace officer or some other person specially named, commanding him to take the body of the person accused of an offense, to be dealt with according to the law.
A warrant does not mean that you are guilty of anything, only that probable cause exists and that a case has been filed. This means that you can be arrested by any peace officer in the State of Texas. An arrest warrant can be served anytime of the day or night, 365 days a year, anywhere within the State of Texas.
You received a colored post card....
If you received a Green colored post card titled "Pre-Warrant Notice", it is imperaitive that you contact the City Marshal's office as soon as possible. The mailing of this post card begins the final phase of the warrant service process. Failure to respond within ten days of the post mark will result in a warrant for your arrest being issued and you being placed on a "to arrest list". A "to arrest list" means a City Marshal, and/or other law enforcement agencies will actively seek you. In addition, your Driver's License and Vehicle Registration may be denied renewal. You may contact a marshal at (940) 668-4770 or you may fill out this Online Form. You will be contacted you as soon as possible with further information.
If you have received an Orange color post card titled "Warrrant Notice" it is imperaitive that you contact the City Marshal's office as soon as possible. You have already been placed on a "To Arrest List" and are being sought at this time. Please see below "How to Avoid Arrest". In addition your Driver's License and Vehicle Registration may be denied renewal. You may contact a marshal at (940) 668-4770 or you may fill out this Online Form. You will be contacted you as soon as possible with further information.
If you have received a Blue colored post card titled " Payment Plan Default", it is imperative that you contact the City Marshal's office as soon as possible. The mailing of this post card means that you are in default of your payment agreement and that a Capias Profine warrant will be issued for your arrest within five working days of the post mark. Failure to respond will result in you being placed on a "to arrest list". In addition your Driver's License and Vehicle Registration may be denied renewal. You may contact the City Marshal's office at (940) 668-4770 or you may fill out this Online Form. You will be contacted you as soon as possible with further information.
Is is imperitive that you understand that merely contacting the City Marshal's office or speaking with a marshal or a clerk directly will not help you in any way if you are contacted by any law enforcement officer. You must resolve your particular situation to the point where the issuing Judge clears the warrant of arrest by recall or dismissal or the warrant will be served. It is not a "choice" on the part of the individual officer, he is required by law to serve the warrant.
HOW TO AVOID ARREST
It is possible to avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of being arrested. Once a warrant is issued, it may be handled in several ways. The two most common are:
Service: When a warrant is served or executed, it means that the person named on the warrant is physically arrested and taken either before the Judge or to the County Jail to await Magistration. Magistration's are done in the morning hours, 7 days a week at the jail.
Recall/Dismissal: The Judge has the authority to recall or dismiss a warrant without it being served. This is done for one of two reasons. The Judge becomes convinced that the warrant is not valid or payment is made in full.
When a warrant is issued a person can pay the fines in full, or pay 50% of the total fine, with the remainder of the fine being placed on time payment. Time Payment is a payment agreement between you and the Judge (the Judge will have the final say in whether you qualify for a time payment). You will have 30 days to pay the remainder of the fine, if you default on your payment at any time, and for any reason during the month, a Capias Profine Warrant will be issued for your arrest. In addition, your Driver's License and Vehicle Registration may be denied renewal. When you are arrested on a Capias Profine warrant, you may remain in custody until the fine amount is paid in full.
You must appear in person at the Gainesville Municipal Court to make payment arrangements. Please communicate with the City Marshal to make him aware of any difficulties. Communication and honesty is the key.