Thorsby to offer amnesty program

Published 5:33 pm Friday, February 1, 2013

The town of Thorsby will offer an Amnesty Day on March 1 for people with certain municipal court warrants.

Those who face charges related to traffic tickets, failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines–and who have had warrants issued on these charges–are eligible for the Amnesty Day.

The amnesty program, which is the first Thorsby has ever offered, is an opportunity for offenders to clear their case without facing arrest.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the program should appear in open court at Thorsby Town Hall (located at 21060 U.S. Highway 31) from 8 a.m. until noon or from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

Those interested in the amnesty program can also present themselves to municipal court magistrate Crystal Smith prior to the date.

Smith said the program benefits the town by removing old cases from the books and by giving offenders incentive to pay their outstanding fines.

Smith estimated that more than 150 people could be eligible for the program. Their fines are typically at least $150 for each case. Some subjects have several unresolved cases.

“It is important to note that should an individual who has an outstanding warrant come into contact with law enforcement prior to taking advantage of this amnesty program is subject to immediate arrest,” Smith said in a press release. “Only cases that have already been adjudicated by the court are eligible for warrant amnesty.”

For information about the amnesty program, call the clerk’s office of Thorsby Municipal Court at (205) 646-3575 or visit in person.