April 15, 2015 Edition

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Amnesty offered by district court

Lawrence County District Court is offering a short-term amnesty period for those who have certain warrants issued prior to March 31.

According to District Judge Adam Weeks, individuals may be able to get their warrant dismissed, extra fines waived and driving privileges reinstated.

The amnesty is being offered to those with failure to appear, failure to pay and violation of hot check law warrants. To receive amnesty, call the District Court Clerk's Office at 870-886-1140, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals must be able to pay the underlying charges/tickets in full.

"For most, that is all there is to do,"Joyce Roberts, district court clerk, said. "Some people may be required to make a court appearance due to possible restitution, victim's rights or if the underlying charge carries jail time or other requirements.”

She emphasized that individuals can avoid possible public service time and save money by avoiding additional costs, such as reinstatement fees, additional fines and bonding company fees.

Individuals are encouraged to inquire about amnesty as soon as possible.

"Amnesty will last only for a few weeks and will end without warning,"Judge Weeks said.

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