Sheriff: Time running out for amnesty on warrants

Friday, June 27, 2008

Only a few days remain for the warrant amnesty program that has been offered to the citizens of Carroll County throughout the month of June.

Only outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear, failure to pay, and hot checks, issued prior to Jan. 1, 2008 are included in the amnesty offer.

It is available only to those who turn themselves in and does not apply when people are arrested.

According to Sheriff Bob Grudek, his department has received many calls in regards to the amnesty program, but only four have turned themselves in.

"The word is out," he said. "Why they are not participating I don't know. The numbers are way down."

Those who do turn themselves in will be booked into jail, released on their own recognizance and given a court date.

Otherwise, Grudek said, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) will be contacted and instructed to deduct the amount owed from future tax refunds.

Grudek said his department will send out letters first to give people a "last chance" to clear the slate.

"We have to make an effort and give them a chance to dispute the amount," he explained, saying the DFA will not act unless letters are mailed.

A list of individuals eligible for the amnesty program has been available at district courts, police departments, and the sheriff's office.

It is sponsored by the sheriff's office, in cooperation with the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest police departments, district court judges and the prosecuting attorney.

For more information, call the sheriff's office or any of the three local police departments.

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  • Amnesty

    I live in Oklahoma. I have outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to pay on 3 checks totaling less than $100. The two checks that I wrote that bounced ($10 and $19) only bounced because my boyfriend at the time coerced me to sign a check for him for $54 and he would pay me back. He never did and he bounced my checks. Anyway the fines for only 3 checks totaling less than $100 has magically bloomed into $1260 by the wonderful court system of berryville county. When I had first made arrangements with the judge to pay it, he refused to lower the fine any. I recently mailed $400 to Berryville Court which refused my money and mailed it back to me. I called the Sheriff's department about amnesty, they said all it gets me is a new court date and that its not likely it will change the amount of the fine any, it doesn't guarantee the judge wont give me jail time because of this fine. I would never be able to charge someone 1,100 percent of a debt they owed me and in some cases refusing a payment cancels out a debt. How nice for Berryville District Court to be above the laws of the common people, and for offering an amnesty that doesn't really mean amnesty.

    Trixi James

    -- Posted by Trixi James on Sun, Jul 6, 2008, at 9:23 AM
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