DeKalb city offers ‘amnesty’ for some tickets, bench warrants

The city of Decatur is offering amnesty to qualifying people who have past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants.
The city of Decatur is offering amnesty to qualifying people who have past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants.

Credit: Hyosub Shin

Credit: Hyosub Shin

Decatur Municipal Court is offering an amnesty program for qualifying people with past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants.

The program is meant to help restore as many drivers as possible to legal status to drive, and avoid more harm to their driving history with additional charges and fines, city officials said.

It runs through May 1.

“Amnesty will save drivers money as well because warrant and other fees, if any, will be waived,” the city said in a statement.

Those with outstanding violations may go to court Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For individuals unable to those days, the court is open every other Saturday, specifically Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, and April 8 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also, on Saturday, March 25, at 9 a.m., a full court session is scheduled. Any person with a failure to appear warrant who pays the fine to resolve the original citation violation will receive documentation to have their driver’s license reinstated, if suspended, the city said.

If the original violation requires a mandatory court appearance, individuals should appear on Amnesty Saturday, March 25, as well.

The court is located at 420 W. Trinity Place, 30030. Contact 678-553-6655 or visit the city's website at www.decaturga.com for more information.

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