Persons with warrants out for their arrest are getting a second chance to do right by the law. The Garfield Heights Municipal Court is again offering its “2nd Chance" program to allow people to pay outstanding balances without further legal action.
The ''2nd Chance'' program applies to anyone who has not paid fines and court costs from a criminal or traffic case. ''At any given time, we have between 8,000 and 10,000 outstanding warrants for people’s arrest. And, many of those are because people did not come back to court for hearings on their fines and costs,'' Garfield Heights Municipal Court Judge Deborah Nicastro said.
Along with an arrest warrant issued, the person's driver's license is suspended. These outstanding cases are also sent to a collection agency that adds an additional 30% charge to the outstanding balance.
The ''2nd Chance'' program allows the person to pay the court in full without penalty. The $100.00 warrant cost and the collection agency added fees are removed. ''By law, we can’t suspend the fines, but we can suspend these additional costs,'' Judge Nicastro added.
Paying the court also means the person will again have a valid driver’s license and avoid being charged with driving under suspension.
Payment can be made in person or by phone to the Garfield Heights Municipal Court Cashier. One can also pay online at ghmc.org. The court accept cash or credit cards. A 3% convenience fee is added to all credit card payments. There is no need to go before the judge again or incur any additional court costs.
The ''2nd Chance'' Program runs through January 31, 2018.