Union City Municipal Court is holding an amnesty period for people wishing to resolve unpaid fines and fees with little or no penalties. The time period will be from March 4th-March 29, 2019. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about our amnesty period.
Q: What is the purpose of granting Ticket Amnesty?
A: The purpose of granting Ticket Amnesty is to give people who failed to appear in court on their scheduled court date an opportunity to pay unpaid court fines without additional fees or fear of being detained for outstanding warrants, associated with traffic citations.
Q: What tickets qualify for Amnesty?
A: Tickets that qualify for Amnesty are any unpaid traffic fines and fees.
Q: How does the Amnesty Program benefit Union City?
A: The Amnesty Program benefits Union City Municipal Court by allowing it to close out old cases. In addition, each warrant registered to the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) is subject to review and validation on a monthly basis. Closing out cases reduces the number of cases the Court has to validate. Furthermore, fewer warrants means a reduction in the number of individuals jailed which further reduces the cost of housing inmates. This also decreases the number of hours police officers have to spend on serving warrants for failure to appear, which frees them to work more serious cases.
Q: What are the benefits to the person ticketed?
A: The Amnesty program benefits the person ticketed by allowing a suspended license to be reinstated, and avoidance of potential incarceration, embarrassment of possible arrest at work or in public. In addition, this program will give defendants the opportunity to pay without additional fees in lieu of being detained for outstanding warrants.
Q. How does the program work?
A: During the amnesty period, anyone with an outstanding balance or warrant with the Union City Municipal Court can pay their citation without additional penalty or fear of incarceration. A person can do so weekdays Monday thru Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M and one Saturday, during the amnesty period March 23, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Union City Municipal Court, located at 5060 Union Street, Union City Georgia 30291.
Q. Are any penalties imposed?
A: The financial penalty usually imposed by Union City Municipal Court for the failure to appear on traffic citations, will be waived during the amnesty period. However, there may be additional penalties assessed by the Department of Driver’s Services that must be paid directly to them for license reinstatement.
Though amnesty is specifically designed for traffic cases, if a person has a local ordinance, possession of marijuana, or shoplifting violation for which they have failed to appear they may also take advantage of this amnesty period. Notices of Failures to Appear are sent out to the address on file with the court by the court with opportunity to clear the matters prior to the issuance of warrants. In addition the Department of Driver’s Services also mails notice of possible license suspension. This is a final effort to help those ticketed get back in good standing, of which individuals are encouraged to take advantage of.