Sumiton holding first amnesty day
by Rachel Davis
Mar 17, 2013 | 2689 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — For anyone who forgot to pay a ticket or forgot to appear in court on charges, the City of Sumiton is offering a one day reprieve. The city’s municipal court is hosting its first amnesty day on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 3 until 8 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for anyone who has failed to pay an outstanding fine or failed to appear at a court date to pay their fine without going to jail or paying additional penalties.

When someone fails to appear on a traffic violation, a warrant is issued for their arrest and their driver’s license is suspended. Anyone who appears for the amnesty day and pays their fines, will have the warrants revoked and their license cleared so they can be reinstated.

The city hopes this will be an opportunity for the court to clear old cases that are currently unresolved, and allow people to clear their record and go on with their lives without this hanging over their heads.

“It serves a two-fold purpose,” Mayor Petey Ellis said. “It allows some people to get their charges taken care of without having to pay those additional fines and will help us to clear out some old cases that we need to get closed.”

Ellis said some of the old charges and fines date back almost 10 years and need to be handled so the court clerk can clear out the thousands of files in her office that can’t be closed yet.

Although this amnesty day may not effect offenders underlying or original charge, it will allow them to appear or take care of those charges without fear of being arrested for a failure to appear or having to pay even more in fines and costs.

The court will accept payments of cash, debit cards, credit cards or money orders. Personal checks will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Sumiton Municipal Court at 648-3261.