The Municipal Court of the City of Horseshoe Bay is a Court of "Safe Harbor"
This means that defendants who have failed to appear in court and have arrest warrants and defendants who have been convicted of offenses but have failed to pay their fines and now have a capias warrant will both be given amnesty and will not be arrested if they voluntarily come to the City of Horseshoe Bay Municipal Court.
Defendants will be given an opportunity to set their cases for the Court and to see the prosecutor or the Judge. If the defendant would like to pay their fines and court costs a payment plan may be established.
Defendants who are indigent (poor and/or unemployed) and unable to pay their fines or court costs will be set for a court date to speak to the judge about their financial situation. The Judge may offer alternatives to the payment of a fine, such as allowing an indigent defendant to perform community service. All community service must be for a non-profit and must be approved by the Court.
Defendants who do not come in voluntarily are subject to arrest in any public place and their place of employment. Defendants who are arrested will be transported and booked. Their cars may be impounded if arrest takes place at a traffic stop. Once book into jail, defendants will be required to post bail before being released.
It is always best to appear in Court and to take care of the citation.
Types of Warrants:
Warrant of Arrest: when a sworn complaint or affidavit base on probable cause has been filed before the Municipal Court, the Judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the accused and deliver the same to Travis County Pct. 5 to be executed.
Capias Pro-Fine: a Capias Pro-Fine is an order directing any Texas Peace Officer to immediately arrest a defendant and bring that defendant immediately before the court to show cause (good reason) why that person failed to satisfy the judgement - pay their fines and courts costs.