Outstanding bench warrants to be canceled; older minor offenses reviewed
St Louis, MO (STL.News) The City of St. Louis through its Municipal Court system will host an amnesty program for individuals with outstanding bench warrants. It will also be an opportunity for older minor offenses to be reviewed for possible dismissal.
“We recognize that having an outstanding warrant on your record can create all sorts of barriers to accessing transportation and employment, which are essential to every person. The last thing we should be doing is making it harder for individuals to get ahead. That’s why I’m grateful to the Municipal Court and its staff for offering this amnesty program,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson.
The amnesty program will begin Monday, February 24, 2020 and continue through Thursday, February 27 at the City’s Municipal Court building, which is located at 1520 Market Street in downtown St. Louis. Individuals should enter through the 16th Street side of the building and bring photo identification (a driver’s license or state non-driver ID).
The court will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, but will offer extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 27.
During the amnesty program, the court will forgive outstanding bench warrants without a cash bail requirement for charges stemming from City of St. Louis ordinances, excluding DUIs, leaving the scene of an accident, and prostitution.
Individuals will be able to pay their original fines and costs without penalty by speaking with a customer service representative on site. Once the warrants have been resolved, they will get a new court date set on the same day or will be rescheduled on a new docket.
Additionally, individuals who have outstanding charges for driving while suspended or revoked, driving without proof of insurance, driving without the proper vehicle license or inspection certificate, and who now have a valid license, proof of insurance, or vehicle registration, should bring those documents with them when they come to the customer service window.
Payment plans for those cases that have fines assessed will be available during payment dockets. Individuals who are financially unable to pay their fines may request alternative community service in lieu of payments. No one will be arrested in court during the amnesty program.
Judges, City Counselors, and Municipal Court staff will work with those individuals to resolve their outstanding citations when reasonably possible, review older minor offenses for dismissal when appropriate, and facilitate compliance with legal obligations and driver’s license restoration.
“Right now, there are tens of thousands of outstanding warrants in the City of St. Louis. For individuals who have not yet resolved their warrant, we’d encourage them to use this program as an opportunity to fulfill their obligations under the law without any further undue hardship,” said Richard Torack, Administrator of the Municipal Courts for the City of St. Louis.
There is no processing fee to participate in the City’s amnesty program. Rescheduling a court date is also free. However, if an individual misses their re-assigned court date, the case(s) will go back into warrant status and a bond will have to be posted.
Any person can check to see whether they have an active case or the status of their case at the customer service window at the Municipal Court building