EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY, June 17, 2013 - Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts is participating in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s countywide misdemeanor warrant amnesty program, beginning June 17 and ending July 12.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said the program benefits everyone and encourages anyone who believes they may have an outstanding warrant to check into it.
"We offer an amnesty program once a year to encourage folks to take care of those outstanding cases that build up in our JP courts,” Ligon said. “This is an easy economical way for those with outstanding traffic cases to resolve them without being arrested.”
“We encourage everyone with outstanding traffic warrants to get down to the JP office and take advantage of this program," he said.
Ligon’s office already sent notification to the last known addresses of those with warrants who might be eligible. However, many have moved since their warrants were issued and likely remain unaware of the opportunity they have been offered.
Judge Metts, whose office has approximately 30,000 open warrants, praised the program that reduces the cost of qualifying charges to $199 and waives some of the fees that can more than triple the original fine.
“This is an excellent program, and I hope word reaches everyone who needs to know about it,” Metts said. “We realize there are a lot of people who would love to take care of their business and not have open warrants hanging over their heads, but in this economy, not everyone has been able to do so.”
“The DA is giving people nearly a month to take action, and I believe the offer is more than fair,” he said. “Whether they received the official notice or not, most people know if they failed to meet their obligations, and if they have questions, they’re welcome to call and ask.”
In previous years, the amnesty program has been a tremendous success. The District Attorney’s Office and the Justices of the Peace hope the 2013 initiative will have a similar outcome.
Below is an example of the card sent to those with outstanding warrants: