Issuing a Warrant
The court may issue a warrant when:
- You do not complete a payment plan or fail to make payment as promised
- You fail to appear
- You fail to comply with an order of the court
Types of Warrants
- Arrest Warrant
- Issued in connection with failure to appear before court in a criminal case.
- Capias Pro-fine
- Issued for defendants who received a violation, have been found guilty by the court and failed to fulfill the direction of the court
Failure To Appear
If you fail to appear on or before the appearance date for your citation, a violation of failure to appear / violate promise to appear may be filed against you. In addition, the court may:
- Issue a warrant for your arrest
- Add additional fees per violation
- Place a hold on your driver’s license renewal
- Place a hold on vehicle registration renewal
- Publish your name in the newspaper and/or on the City of Baytown Internet website
Failure To Meet An Order Of The Court
If you have appeared before a judge and have agreed to a payment plan, community service or other judicial orders, you must complete these orders as specified or a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
What To Do If You Have a Warrant
Your warrant may be canceled by pleading "no contest" or "guilty" to the violation(s) and making payment for the fine(s).
If you want to plead not guilty to a violation after a warrant of arrest has been issued, you may post a cash bond or surety bond (attorney bond or bail bond). Bail bonds can only be accepted by a police officer at the Baytown Police Department. Any bond can be taken at the Police Department outside of regular court business hours.
This money must be paid in the form of cash, cashiers check, or money order (credit cards are not accepted as payments for cash bonds). You will receive receipt of your cash bond which will indicate a court date.
A local bondsman or a lawyer usually provides this bond. The surety may give a bond for your release. Once the bond is received you will receive a court date from either the court clerk or jail personnel.
Getting Specific Information About Outstanding Warrants
To find out whether you have an outstanding warrant, you may call the Baytown Municipal Court at (281) 427-9511, or the Baytown Police Department at 281-422-8371. As an alternative to being arrested, you may turn yourself into the Baytown Police Department to serve your time. An online docket, citation, and warrant search is available on the Municipal Court's record website.