Baker PD: Pay your fine and you won't do time
POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:04pm
Baker, La (NBC33) — Citizens of Baker with outstanding warrants are getting a second chance.
Anyone who is facing jail time just needs to show up and pay their fine.
Chief Mike Knaps said that he, along with the Clerk of Court, are putting the program in place to help people with warrants and the city all at the same time.
Here's how it works: normally, when you pay a fine for an outstanding warrant, you also pay a warrant recall fee. Now, both the fee and the fine are postponed. Anyone that has a bench warrant out for them now has a chance to schedule and pay their fine before being arrested. They’ll instead be given a new court date and another time to pay your fine and that fee.
The program won't reduce any fines, but will get rid of the outstanding warrant which could keep you out of jail.
Knaps said this amnesty program is designed to help people with warrants, and people should take advantage of it before it's too late.
“The track we want to take is to give you this golden opportunity during this month of February for this amnesty program,” stated Knaps.
Residents of Baker can call city court at 225-778-1866 to see if they have an outstanding warrant.
The court will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. twice during the month - February 19 and February 26.