Wash. city offers December arrest-warrant amnesty
Sunday, November 27, 2011
GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Gig Harbor is offering people with outstanding arrest warrants a one-month amnesty in December.
People who schedule a quash hearing on their misdemeanor arrest warrants won't have to pay a $50 fee or risk being jailed before the case is heard.
The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/vVTsBC ) the amnesty applies to misdemeanor warrants issued by the Gig Harbor Municipal Court for violations such as drunken driving, marijuana possession and driving without a license.
Court officials hope it will reduce a backlog of about 300 warrants.
Court administrator Stacy Colberg says the fee is sometimes an obstacle for people who want to do the right thing and turn themselves in.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com