CH Warrant Amnesty Day is Nov. 14
The Cleveland Heights Municipal Court will host Warrant Amnesty Day on Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On that day, individuals with misdemeanor traffic or criminal arrest warrants will be allowed to return to court without being arrested in exchange for an agreement to complete and comply with any court orders.
Representatives from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and Ohio Means Jobs will assist with driver’s license reinstatement, expungement navigation, workforce development, job training referrals, and applying for financial, food, medical and childcare assistance.
Anyone with a misdemeanor warrant issued by the court more than 45 days before [Nov. 14] is eligible. Warrants for traffic and criminal cases issued for failure to appear, failure to pay fines and costs, and failure to comply with probation are all eligible. Felony warrants and warrants from other courts are not eligible for amnesty.
Only the first 200 individuals may be seen, so [those seeking amnesty] should plan to arrive early. The day's proceedings will take place in Courtroom 1 at 40 Severance Circle.
J.J. Costello is a lifelong Cleveland Heights resident and judge of the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.