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Great Texas Warrant Roundup Begins Saturday

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Today is a good day to think back and try to remember if you have an unpaid traffic ticket, because tomorrow is the sixth annual Texas warrant roundup.

The roundup means a lot of people could be in for a rude awakening Saturday morning, as Dallas City Marshals begin making arrests at homes and businesses.

Marshals from across the state will begin rapping on doors at 6:00 a.m.

While the roundup targets Class "C" Misdemeanors, most of the offenders have unpaid traffic tickets.

"A lot of them affirmatively just blew it off and now have forgotten that they blew it off or they got the ticket, put it in the drawer," Dallas attorney Brad Friedman explained, "a lot of the cities give you 21 days to respond to the ticket, and they just failed to do so and forgot about it."

Dehlalia Hererra is the office manager for the Meyer and Friedman Law Firm and gets a lot of calls this time of year.

"I've had someone come in with like 25 warrants," she recalled. "Lots of tickets that they've just gathered up… just haven't taken care of. Now, with the warrant roundup, they're scared that they're gonna show up to their place of employment."

In addition to possible arrest and jail time, anyone with a warrant in the City of Dallas is also subject to a hold being placed on the renewal of their vehicle registration.

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