Enforcing the Laws
The Westlake Marshal’s Office is a division of the Westlake Municipal Court and is staffed by a team of veteran law-enforcement professionals. Texas marshals are certified peace officers and have all the duties, responsibilities, rights, and authorities under the law as those of police officers, sheriffs, or troopers. It is the specific duty of the Marshal’s Office to enforce the laws of the state, county, and Town of Westlake, and to vigorously and aggressively carry out the orders of the Municipal Court through the service of warrants and other court and civil process.
Type of Warrants Issued
It is important for the public to understand that in the State of Texas traffic violations and other Class C misdemeanors are criminal violations. Therefore, the failure of a defendant to correctly and adequately meet their obligations under the law will result in the issuance of criminal process against that defendant. The two most common types of criminal process issued by the Westlake Municipal Court are in the form of a warrant of arrest (alias warrant) and/or a capias pro-fine warrant.
Either form of warrant authorizes the Westlake marshal or any other peace officer of the State of Texas to immediately place you under arrest wherever you may be found, and then to take you to jail where you will await arraignment by a judge.
Note: If you are arrested outside of the corporate limits of the Town of Westlake, you may have to wait in custody up to 24 hours to be transported to our jail facility for arraignment.
Credit for Time Served
Credit for time served may be requested from the Judge for any violation(s) in warrant status if you have been in custody for at least 24 hours or longer.
In order to request for Credit for Time Served and have your time reviewed by the Judge, the defendant will need to do the following:
- Obtain a copy of your Book-In Jail Paperwork. Must contain the book-in date/time and release date/time.
- Bring the Book-In Jail Paperwork to our court lobby during our lobby hours, Monday- Friday 9:00am- 4:00pm.
- Sign the Credit for Time Served request form at our court lobby window with one of our clerks.
After submitting request:
- We will place the request paperwork in the Judge’s file for review.
- Any outstanding warrants will be cleared at the time we receive the request paperwork.
- The outstanding balance and hold on your license will not be withdrawn until/if approval is granted by the Judge.
Failure to Appear / Omnibase
The Westlake Municipal Court and the Westlake Marshals Office are participants in the Texas FTA Program and have contracted with Omnibase to assist us in the collection of overdue/delinquent fines and fees. As a result, the Court and the Marshals Office regularly enter all warrant and delinquent fine information into that database. Once information has been entered into the Omnibase system the defendant will not be able to renew their Drivers License until all fines and fees have been Paid in Full.
Be aware that a single defendant can be listed in the Onmibase system by more than one participating agency (court office). If this occurs, the defendant will not be able to renew their license until all listing agencies have been satisfied. Also, understand that Omnibase and the Texas DPS reports “Omni Holds” to other States that are members of the Interstate Violators Compact. This means that a person with “Omni Holds” will also be unable to obtain a Drivers License in another State.
The Failure to Appear Program was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1995 and the Texas Department of Public Safety was assigned responsibility for the administration of the program. OmniBase responded to the Request for Proposal and was selected by TDPS as the initial vendor for the program in 1996. Accordingly, OmniBase is the only company to administer the FTA program and has been included in each of the enhancements to the program since it was first authorized.
OmniBase Services of Texas maintains and administers the central database for the cities and counties contracted to use the Department of Public Safety’s Failure to Appear Program. The FTA program as authorized by Chapter 706 of the Texas Transportation Code, provides an effective collection and enforcement tool by restricting the violator’s ability to renew their drivers license for outstanding violations. (www.omnibase.com)
To learn more about the FTA program, go to:
To search the database and find out if you have Omni Holds, go to: