Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff

Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program.

People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or proceedings, according to Bench Warrant Clerk Adam Martinez.

Martinez said since the program started Monday, about 10 people have taken advantage of it.

There are approximately 2,000 outstanding warrants for failure to pay or appear, he said.

When a person pays the $100 fee, the court will reset their court date or structure a new payment plan for them and cancel the warrant.

Martinez said the person with the warrant must come in personally to receive their new arrangements, but anyone who is concerned or needs specific information can call the court and speak about their case.

“(We) can look at their specific case over the phone and (we) can tell them what to do and hopefully get some fear out of their mind that this is for real,” he said. “Even some of the people that have come in were a little scared but they wanted to take care of it.”

Martinez said the courts released a list of almost 1,000 outstanding warrants in March and about 60 people came in to clear their obligations with the court.

“A lot of people think that warrants will go away after a while,” he said. “People get arrested on warrants from 5 to 10 years ago.”

Curry County Magistrate Court: 762-3766.