AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The Auburn Municipal Court is holding Amnesty Days for those who have an outstanding warrant for their arrest because of failure to appear.
According to the city website, the amnesty days will be held on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for individuals to come into compliance with their prior sentence from Auburn Municipal Court without the need to be arrested or post pond.
Officials say individuals qualify for amnesty if they have a pending failure to appear warrant for an initial hearing on an outstanding traffic ticket or a misdemeanor or failure to appear at any subsequent compliance hearing for payment, completion of counseling or other court-ordered requirements.
If you come during the appointed hours during any of the amnesty days, officials say you can expect the following:
- If your Failure to Appear is related to a missed initial hearing or trial, you will NOT be arrested. You will be given a subpoena for a new hearing or trial date.
- If your Failure to Appear relates to a failure to appear at a compliance hearing following your conviction— such as failure to pay fines and court costs, failure to complete court referral programs for drug or alcohol abuse or failure to complete community service hours—you will NOT be arrested. You will be given the opportunity to sign up for either a payment plan or community service and will be given a new court date.
No one participating in Amnesty Days will be relieved of the duty to pay fines and court costs without special circumstances. Officials stress, no one will be arrested simply for not paying fines or court costs.
The Auburn Municipal Court encourages those with warrants to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are unsure if you have a failure to appear with the court system, please visit this link for a list of those with open warrants.
Anyone with new charges other than failure to appear for which they have not previously been arrested for will be subject to arrest.