Superior Court and county revenue agency join in 2012 court fine amnesty program

The Superior Court of Merced, along with Merced County Revenue & Reimbursement, will participate in the 2012 Statewide Court Fine Amnesty Program authorized by the state.

The program will allow people the opportunity to settle their qualifying court fines for 50 percent of their balance between Jan. 3 and June 29, 2012. The intent of the one-time amnesty program is to help people who have found themselves in violation of a court-ordered obligation because of a lack of ability to pay for a specified misdemeanor fine or infraction.

All adult and juvenile Vehicle and Non-Vehicle Code Infraction violations where a delinquent bail or fine was due on or before Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible for the infraction amnesty program. In addition, the Merced Superior Court is participating in the optional amnesty program to include Vehicle Code Misdemeanor cases. Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases aren’t eligible.

Individuals who qualify for the 50 percent discount must meet all the following criteria:--Currently have an outstanding case that was due to be paid in full before January 1, 2009;--Failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full;--Have not made a payment after January 1, 2009;--Don’t owe victim restitution on any case within the county;--Don’t have any outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county except for misdemeanor warrants issued for misdemeanor violations authorized by the court to be included in the amnesty program.

The amnesty program provides a win-win opportunity for state and local governments to generate much needed revenue while granting individuals the opportunity to clear their record of long standing debt at a reduced rate, according to a news release from the Superior Court.

Contact the following for additional information: Merced County Revenue & Reimbursement; (209) 385-7413; www.mercedrr.org or Merced Superior Court, www.merced.courts.ca.gov