Sulphur court offers amnesty program

Published 3:00 pm Saturday, April 17, 2021

Rita LeBleu, rlebleu@americanpress.com

Sulphur City Court and the Ward 4 Marshal, in partnership with the city of Sulphur and Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, is offering a Clean Slate Amnesty Program April 19-May 14 to settle outstanding warrants issued prior to Jan. 1, 2021.

During this time, individuals with outstanding warrants for traffic violations, misdemeanors and other offenses may pay fines at a reduced rate, in some cases up to 50 percent.

Sulphur City Prosecutor Bill Loftin Jr. and Brandon Dever, Ward 4 Marshal, presented the highlights of the program to the Sulphur City Council meeting on April 12.

“It’s a chance for them to clean up their business and start fresh,” Loftin said.

Individuals who pay outstanding warrants are often able to reclaim driver’s licenses.

Fines will not be reduced for synthetic marijuana, driving while intoxicated, probation violations and battery charges. Individuals with more than one warrant will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Offenders will still owe restitution, cancellation and recording fees and will not see a reduction in these costs.

The number of outstanding warrants for Sulphur City Court exceeds 20,000, with some dating back to the 1970s, according to Loftin.

Cash, credit card and certified checks will be accepted, not personal checks. An outstanding warrant is a valid arrest warrant originally issued months or even years ago, but not fulfilled. Call 527-7006 for more.