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Friday, June 05, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Tippecanoe County offers warrant recall program"

Hannah Smith Kiefer reports in the Lafayette Journal & Courier:

People with outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court will have a chance this month to turn themselves in on their own terms, officials announced Wednesday.

On June 30, Tippecanoe County will offer a warrant recall program at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.

People who turn themselves in will see a judge that day to schedule a new court hearing and have their warrant recalled. They will not have to pay bond nor will they be arrested if their warrant falls under eligibility. Actual charges will not be dropped.

Eligible warrants include those issued by Superior Courts 4, 5 and 6, which are misdemeanor and low-level felony criminal cases, small claims and traffic cases. Other civil writs, including those issued by Superior Court 3, are included.

Magistrate Judge Dan Moore said there are more than 6,500 active warrants. Of those, 5,200 are failures to appear.

“We want to give them an opportunity to do the right thing,” said Sean Persin, Superior Court 5 judge.

Officials said they hope the day will help move stalled court cases through the system.

“It’s a problem-solving solution,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown. “It’s kind of a spring cleaning of our files.” * * *

Officials warned, however, that if someone comes to the courthouse with a warrant that does not qualify for the recall, that person will be arrested. If people are unclear on whether their warrant qualifies, they can call the Tippecanoe County Clerk’s Office to find out, Persin said. * * *

After June 30, Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard said officers will conduct a “warrant roundup.”

“We will actively search for and arrest people with active warrants who failed to show up on June 30,” he said in a press release.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 5, 2015 10:28 AM
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