ST. LOUIS – The city is hosting an amnesty program for residents with outstanding bench warrants. Older minor offenses may be reviewed and potentially dismissed.
“We recognize that having an outstanding warrant on your record can create all sorts of barriers to accessing transportation and employment, which are essential to every person,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a statement on her office website. “The last thing we should be doing is making it harder for individuals to get ahead. That’s why I’m grateful to the Municipal Court and its staff for offering this amnesty program.”
The amnesty program will run Monday-Thursday, Feb. 24-27, at the Municipal Court building, 1520 Market Street. People should use the 16th Street entrance and bring photo identification (a driver’s license or state non-driver ID).
The court will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.
During the amnesty program, the court will forgive outstanding bench warrants without a cash bail requirement for charges stemming from city excluding DUIs, leaving the scene of an accident and prostitution.
People can talk with a customer service representative and pay their original fines and costs without penalty. Once the warrants have been resolved, they will get a new court date on the same day or will be rescheduled on a new docket.
Also, people who have outstanding charges for driving while suspended or revoked, driving without proof of insurance, driving without the proper vehicle license or inspection certificate, and who now have a valid license, proof of insurance, or vehicle registration, should bring those documents with them.
Payment plans for any fines will be available during payment dockets. People without money to pay may request alternative community service. No one will be arrested in court during the amnesty program.
“Right now, there are tens of thousands of outstanding warrants in the city of St. Louis. For individuals who have not yet resolved their warrant, we’d encourage them to use this program as an opportunity to fulfill their obligations under the law without any further undue hardship,” said Richard Torack, administrator of the Municipal Courts.
There is no processing fee for the amnesty program, and rescheduling a court date is also free. But if a person misses the re-assigned court date, the case(s) will go back into warrant status and a bond will have to be posted.
To check whether you have an active case or the status of your case, go to the customer service window at the Municipal Court building or online at https://www.municourt.net.