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Municipal Court offers amnesty in traffic-violation cases

September 20, 2015 • Local News

If you have failed to appear for a court hearing related to a traffic offense in Roswell or have failed to timely pay a traffic-violation fine, next week is your chance to take care of the issue while you still have a driver’s license so you can drive yourself to Municipal Court.
Roswell Municipal Court will be offering amnesty – for traffic offenses only – beginning Monday, Sept. 21, and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 8. People with pending traffic-violation cases who have failed to appear for a court date or failed to pay a fine previously levied by the court can visit the court during this time to make arrangements to take care of unfulfilled responsibilities. Those arrangements can be made during the amnesty period with no additional penalties being levied.
If you are unable to fully pay off a fine, you can arrange to pay monthly or get set up to work off the fine through community service. However, one way a fine does not get paid off is by the offender sitting in jail.
Failure to appear in court on a traffic offense or failure to pay a traffic fine will result in a suspended driver’s license. If convicted of driving on a suspended license, the mandatory sentence is four days in jail, a $129 fine and your license will be suspended for a year. In addition, you will later have to go to the state Motor Vehicle Division and pay fees to reinstate your driver’s license.
When the amnesty period ends, Municipal Court will suspend the driver’s licenses of those who have failed to meet court orders or make appropriate arrangements in traffic cases.
This amnesty program does not apply to a license that has been revoked for DWI.
For more information about the amnesty program, visit Municipal Court at 420 N. Richardson Ave. or call 624-6725. The court is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.) and Tuesdays 1-7 p.m.

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