The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 17, 2011

Take care of that warrant Saturday

ASHTABULA — Municipal Court will host its second Warrant Amnesty Day on Saturday, with hopes of clearing dozens of outstanding warrants, City Solicitor Michael Franklin said.

Warrant Amnesty Day allows defendants to appear in court to discuss their traffic and misdemeanor cases with a judge without fear of being arrested by city police. Felonies are not eligible.

The first Warrant Amnesty Day, held March 26, was deemed a success by court officials.

“We spent about five hours in court (March 26),” Franklin said. “Thousands of dollars in fines were collected.”

Late fees and other penalties for unanswered citations can get expensive and can turn into arrest warrants if not paid. Taking advantage of one of Amnesty Court is a good way to resolve the situation, Municipal Judge Albert Camplese has said.

Amnesty Day will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ashtabula City Justice Center, 110 W. 44th St.

During Amnesty Court, the outstanding warrant will be recalled and the warrant fee waived. Any case not resolved the day of Amnesty Court will be continued in an effort to dispose of the case.  If a bond was previously ordered, the court will reduce it to a personal onex.

Participants must bring one form of government issued picture ID or Social Security card as identification to be placed on the Amnesty Docket.

The offender must appear in person and bring $150 in the event that a fine is ordered, Camplese said.

The arrest warrant will be recalled and the warrant fee will be waived.  Participants may resolve outstanding balances via cash, MasterCard, Visa or participation in the court's Municipal Work Program.

Anyone who has an outstanding warrant in another court needs to resolve those warrants before registering for the amnesty docket, Camplese said.


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