Amnesty being offered in March by Craighead District Court

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A great opportunity to get right with the law is coming up on the first four Fridays of March.

On March 1, 8, 15, and 22 (Friday), Craighead County District Court will offer amnesty for the charge of Failure to Appear. The amnesty will be offered for only one outstanding Failure to Appear warrant since March, 2014.

Those who believe they may be eligible should appear in person at the district court front window to be screened for eligibility. If eligible, the individual will take the documentation to the department holding the warrant for their arrest (JPD, CCSO). The individual will not be arrested on the FTA warrant but will be served a new court date for one of the Amnesty Fridays.

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Then, the individual will appear before Judge Tommy Fowler or Judge David Boling. The court will address whatever the participant was initially charged with. If they appear as directed, the original FTA will be dismissed and the participant gets a letter to get their drivers license reinstated.

Only 500 will be able to take advantage of the program this year.

While some may be skeptical of walking in for an eligibility screening, it is a better alternative than learning of eligibility during a traffic stop. It also allows for the added expense of an FTA charge to be dismissed.

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