City’s amnesty program for traffic court not a ‘trick’

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Dunwoody court clerks (back row, left to right) Monique Andrews, Chryse’ Bowers and Rochelle Sanderson with Court Clerk Norlaundra Huntington. Photo: Dunwoody Municipal Court

By J.D. Capelouto

If you have an outstanding traffic ticket or missed a court date in Dunwoody, here’s your chance to clear things up — without going to jail.

For the month of August, the Dunwoody Municipal Court is implementing an “amnesty program” for people with overdue traffic citations or warrants for failing to appear in court, the city said in a statement Wednesday.

Those offenses can sometimes lead to an arrest. But contempt fees or warrants will be cleared for people who visit the court and settle up with city officials next month.

“Some people think this is a trick. It’s definitely not,” Dunwoody Municipal Court Clerk Norlaundra Huntington said in a statement. “We simply want to encourage people to come back to court by easing the financial burden.”

For overdue fines paid in full, the court will waive any extra contempt fees. If an offense requires a court appearance, “the individual will be granted a future court date to appear before a judge, and all warrants will be cleared and warrant fees forgiven,” the city said.

The amnesty program is designed to settle violations and ultimately reduce arrests.

To participate, you must visit the municipal court at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road next month on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Cash, money orders, cashier checks, and Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted as forms of payment, but no personal checks.

The DeKalb County State Court sometimes offers similar amnesty programs for people who missed court dates or have overdue fines.

Read the original story at AJC.com.