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City court to resume amnesty program

INDEPENDENCE — The response to the Independence Municipal Court amnesty program last summer was weak, said Carrie West, court clerk.

Independence

Independence

January 14, 2014

INDEPENDENCE — The response to the Independence Municipal Court amnesty program last summer was weak, said Carrie West, court clerk.

Because of that, the court will again offer the amnesty program, which will allow those with fines owed that are two years or older to receive half off city court charges when those fines are paid in full.

People may take advantage of the program from Feb. 3 until May 30.

West said running the program during tax season will encourage people to pay off their fines and get their driver's licenses back.

"I just had a gentleman (last week) pay off a '96 ticket, so it's never too late," she said. "The suspension is always on their record. They'd like to drive legitimately."

Overdue fines are defined as those that are sent to a collection agency. Cases with restitution owed and criminal cases are excluded.

The 50 percent off applies only to city court charges such as failure to appear, failure to comply, suspension, and collection and handling or interest fees. Reductions only apply to those paying in full.

Payments must be cash, money order, cashier's check, Visa or MasterCard, and may be paid at the business office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Driver's license suspensions will be cleared at the time of full payment. A $75 fee payable to the Department of Motor Vehicles may be needed to reinstate a driver's license.

For more information: Independence Municipal Court, 555 S. Main St., Independence; or call 503-838-1212.

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