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FRENCH SETTLEMENT -- Mayor’s Court in French Settlement is offering an amnesty program from Monday, May 13, through Monday, June 30, for anyone with an outstanding warrant issued by the court.

Hundreds of people with outstanding warrants are facing possible arrest, according to Mayor Toni Guitrau.

The amnesty program will allow those who have an outstanding warrant to pay their fines and court costs at the original amount without additional recall fees, Guitrau said.

This does not include fees they may owe to the state Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), she said.

“The amnesty program is an easy, economical way to resolve some of the backlog, and to give people an opportunity to avoid arrest,” Guitrau said.

This program is only for warrants issued by French Settlement Mayor’s Court and ends on June 30. These warrants are entered into a national database.

If someone is stopped by law enforcement, and their driver’s license is checked using this database, they run the risk of being arrested if they have an outstanding warrant, the mayor said.

Many people are not aware OMV is notified nationwide and the person’s license is suspended until the warrant is cleared and/or recalled, and they pay fees with the OMV.

People wishing to pay their outstanding warrants may contact Town Hall at (225) 698-6100 during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The money collected will go into the village’s general fund to pay for administrative and Police Department expenses.

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