St. Louis Municipal Court’s three-day amnesty program available until March 6

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Municipal Court will forgive outstanding warrants for all city ordinance violations—excluding DUIs, leaving the scene of an accident, and charges related to prostitution—now through Wednesday, March 6.

“Well, we are conducting a warrant amnesty program this week. What that consists of is we give the opportunity for people who have outstanding warrants to come in and have those warrants canceled free of charge and get reinstated on the docket so they can try and dispose of their cases,” said Judge Newton McCoy, St. Louis Municipal Court.

“We have people afraid to come to court and those who haven’t got their drivers licenses or insurance. They’re afraid to come to court because they think they have to have money in their pocket to come to court, which is not the case. Or they think they may be arrested on warrants from other jurisdictions.”

Defendants with outstanding warrants can come to court on those days without facing arrest. Once the warrant is resolved, defendants are given a new court date or put on a payment plan for their fine.

The court is located at 1520 Market Street and will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 4 and March 5, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 6.

Defendants should bring valid photo identification with their name on it.

“For those who don’t have licenses we can help them to get their license and encourage them to have insurance,” Judge McCoy said. “We have a lot of people driving without a valid license.”

“One of our goals is to try to get those people compliant and I think when you do that, that makes a better St. Louis when that happens.”

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