North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 4, 2013

Morris offering amnesty on outstanding warrants

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

MORRIS — The town of Morris will host an amnesty day this month in order to allow individuals to clear up outstanding warrants.

Anyone with failure to appear (FTA) warrants can appear before the judge in Morris, and the court will drop the FTA charges. However, the individuals will still be required to plead to the judge on the original charges.

Morris court clerk Rachel McCombs said the original charges range from traffic tickets to arrest cases.

She mailed about 90 letters to individuals, some of whom lived in other states. Some of the charges are as old as 10 years. McCombs said many people who received the letters were unaware that they had FTA charges in Morris.

The amnesty day for FTA charges is Feb. 19; court starts at 2 p.m.

McCombs requests that individuals call her in advance at 647-0596, but it is not required.

In the future, the town will hold amnesty days for probation violation and other charges.