Amnesty for warrants ending

Friday, September 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:29 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Today is the last day Columbians can settle their arrest warrants without being penalized.

The Municipal Court Arrest Warrant Amnesty program, which gives residents the opportunity to expunge warrants without being arrested and exempts them of additional fees, ends at 4 p.m. today. Those wanting to participate must turn themselves in at Municipal Court, 600 E. Broadway, and pay the tickets or fines assessed by a judge.

The program began Sept. 8 and according to Shara Meyer, municipal court clerk, 40 to 45 warrants were turned in during the first week. About 30 of those warrants were issued because of unpaid fines or tickets, she said.

Anyone who has an outstanding municipal court arrest warrant can participate in the program.

Meyer said the program has been successful because it allows people to surrender without worrying about being arrested.

“Usually it takes a police officer to go out and arrest them in order to get them to fulfill obligations,” she said.

The court has not decided if it will offer the program again.

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