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Decatur Municipal Court offering amnesty program

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Decatur Municipal Court offering amnesty program

The city of Decatur Municipal Court. Photo by Dena Mellick

The city of Decatur Municipal Court. Photo by Dena Mellick

The Decatur Municipal Court wants people to know about its amnesty program.

“The program, which [began] Feb. 1, 2017, and goes through May 1, 2017, offers amnesty to individuals to resolve past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants for failure to appear in court,” a press release from the city says. “It is important to note that a failure to appear in court may result in a driver’s license suspension. 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 drivers money as well because warrant and other fees, if any, will be waived.”

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Anyone interested in taking advantage of the program can go to the city’s Municipal Court, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will also be opportunities on the following Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25 and April 8. Municipal Court is located at 420 W. Trinity Place, Decatur, GA, 30030.

“Additionally, on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., a full court session is scheduled for individuals with outstanding violations and warrants to resolve their outstanding violations without facing any additional charges or costs,” the press release says. “Any person with a failure to appear warrant 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, if suspended.”

“Also if the original violation such as DUI, suspended driver’s license or no insurance requires a mandatory court appearance, individuals should appear on Amnesty Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9 a.m. as well.

People who need more information can call 678-553-6655 or visit the city’s website at www.decaturga.com.

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