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Decatur Municipal Court launches amnesty program

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Decatur Municipal Court launches amnesty program

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People who have unresolved legal issues with the Decatur Municipal Court have an opportunity to settle up with the court.

The city of Decatur has announced the introduction of its Amnesty Program, which began on Aug. 15 and ends Oct. 15.

According to the city, the program, “offers amnesty to individuals to resolve past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants for failure to appear in court.”

“It is important to note that a failure to appear in court may have resulted in a driver’s license suspension,” the press release from the city adds. “The goal and purpose of the Amnesty Program is to help restore as many drivers as possible to legal status to drive on Georgia roadways, and to avoid more harm to their driving history with additional charges and fines. Amnesty will save individuals money because warrant and other fees, if any, will be waived.”

Anyone with an outstanding violation can visit the Municipal Court, located at 420 West Trinity Place, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

People who take advantage of the program won’t face any additional charges or costs the city says.

“Any person with a failure to appear warrant, which resulted in a license suspension, who pays the fine to resolve the original citation violation, will receive documentation to submit to the Department of Drivers Services to have their driver’s license reinstated,” the press release says. “If the original violation, such as DUI, driving on a suspended license, or no insurance, requires a mandatory court appearance, individuals should appear on Amnesty Saturday, October 8, 2016.”

Anyone with questions can contact the court at 678-553-6655 or visit https://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-departments/municipal-court/2016-amnesty-program

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