Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TOP STORY >> Bench warrant amnesty day June 12

Jacksonville District Court Judge Robert Batton said Tuesday that he will offer an amnesty day for people with bench warrants from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, June 12.

Anyone with a bench warrant from that court, whether it is for failure to appear or failure to pay fines, can come to the old police department at 1412 W. Main St., which is now the district court building, to turn themselves in, be processed and see the judge.

The judge encourages people to take advantage because, not only will they save hundreds of dollars, but they will no longer be at risk of being arrested and sent to jail.

The normal $260 fee will be waived if the balance of the warrant is paid in full with cash, a money order, cashier’s check, personal check or credit/debit card during those hours on that day only.

If they don’t pay in full on June 12, those with warrants will be placed on a monthly payment schedule, Batton said.

A $25 fee to be paid in cash or by check will still be required unless the warrant is recalled. Failure-to-appear warrants will also be recalled.

People who want to clear up outstanding warrants can also come to the new Jacksonville Police Department on Marshall Road.