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DC Superior Court Seeks to Resolve Thousands of Pending Cases + DC's DMV Ticket Amnesty

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    See Below for Two Important City Announcements. 1) DC Safe Surrender for Persons Needing to Resolve Cases in DC s Superior Court. 2) Ticket Amnesty- DC Dept of
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2011
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      See Below for Two Important City Announcements.
      1) DC Safe Surrender for Persons Needing to Resolve Cases in DC's Superior Court.
      2) Ticket Amnesty- DC Dept of Motor Vehicles

      DC Safe Surrender 2011
      August 13, 20 and 27, 2011
      Mayor's Press Conf Today (Aug 4th) at 9:30am in front of DC Superior Court.

      People with DC Warrants Have Opportunity to Surrender 3 Saturdays in August to Resolve Pending Court Cases.  “Do the right thing, right now”


      WHAT: DC Safe Surrender 2011


      WHERE: Moultrie Courthouse (DC Superior Court) - 500 Indiana Ave, NW


      WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 9:30am-4:30pm

      August 20, 2011 from 9:30am-4:30pm

      August 27, 2011 from 9:30am-4:30pm

      Video Clip Re: DC Safe Surrender: http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/docs/safesurrender/DCSS60.wmv

      The DC Safe Surrender program is an opportunity for persons who are wanted for Failure to Appear in Court/Bench Warrants and other non-violent felonies or misdemeanors in the District of Columbia to surrender voluntarily in a safe environment to begin the process of resolving pending cases.

      Note: While some with bench warrants for Failure to Appear in Court (rather than probation/parole violations) could be innocent of the charges, there was at least a preliminary determination that probable cause had been met (and they did Fail to Appear for a court hearing, thus violating a court order.  Here's what the DC Safe Surrender Program can do to help those members resolve their cases. 

      - The Safe Surrender program recognizes that many persons are looking for a way to resolve their outstanding warrants, this program assures that individuals who surrender are treated fairly, with dignity and in a safe and professional environment.

      - DC Safe Surrender’s goal is to reduce risk in neighborhoods where fugitives hide, as well as reduce risk to the law enforcement officers who pursue such fugitives. The program provides persons with a safe way to turn themselves in, without the risk of being arrested at home, in front of their family and children, or during a routine traffic stop. Over 98% of those who surrendered at the previous Safe Surrender event returned home that same day.

      The Safe Surrender program is intended to deal primarily with persons who:

      - Are wanted on a bench warrant in the District of Columbia for a pending case; or
      - Are wanted for a parole or probation violation in the District of Columbia; or
      - Are wanted for a traffic offense in the District of Columbia.

      Participants may NOT be eligible if they:

      - Have been charged with a crime of violence or for a domestic violence offense; or
      - Are wanted on a warrant in a juvenile matter, a child neglect or child support case; or
      - Are wanted on a warrant from Maryland, Virginia, or any other jurisdiction, or from a court other than the DC Superior Court.
      - Persons are not eligible for this program if they have an outstanding arrest warrant for a violent felony offense.*

      Anyone who has an outstanding warrant is encouraged to appear in Court to resolve the matter and avoid arrest.


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      From: Reports, MPD (MPD)
      Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 5:28 PM
      To: mpd-7d@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Ticket Amnesty (DC DMV)

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      Department of Motor Vehicles Hopes to Collect More Than $6 Million From Program


      ( WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will offer a temporary ticket amnesty program to allow customers to pay older outstanding tickets without having to pay the penalty that would otherwise have been assessed on the ticket.


      The program will begin on August 1, 2011, and continue through January 27, 2012. All open parking tickets, citations for moving violations and photo-enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010, qualify under the amnesty program.


      “This program is an incentive for customers to pay off their old tickets,” said Mayor Gray. “In the current economic environment, we expect that many customers will take advantage of this opportunity to clear their debts to DMV at a lower cost – producing revenue results for the District.”


      Customers can pay their amnesty tickets online at www.dmv.dc.gov, over the phone (866-893-5023) or in person at DMV Adjudication Services, located at 301 C Street, NW, Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 


      The current value of the more than 4 million outstanding tickets eligible under the amnesty program is $245.7 million.  Of this amount, the District expects to collect approximately $6.3 million during the six-month amnesty. Among the local jurisdictions, drivers in Maryland owe the most to the District in unpaid tickets.




      Under the program:


      • Hearings cannot be requested on amnesty tickets.
      • Amnesty tickets are eligible for a ticket-payment plan.
      • Payments on tickets made prior to August 1, 2011 are not eligible for a refund.
      • No points will be assessed on moving-violation tickets paid.


      The last time the District offered a ticket amnesty was in 2001. For more information about the program, visit http://dmv.dc.gov or send an e-mail to DMVTicketAmnesty@....



      Ticket Amnesty Program Quick Facts


      Q: What is ticket amnesty?
      A: Ticket amnesty is a temporary program that allows customers to pay older, outstanding tickets without paying the penalty that has been assessed on the ticket. The program will run from August 1, 2011 until January 27, 2012.


      Q: What type of penalty was assessed on my older tickets?
      A: The fine doubled on any outstanding ticket not paid after 30 days. But if you have tickets prior to 1991, the fine doubled after 15 days. Under amnesty, the penalty will be removed.


      Q: Which tickets qualify for amnesty?
      A: All open parking, moving violation and photo enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010 qualify under the ticket amnesty program.


      Q: How do I know the total amount of my unpaid tickets?
      A: Visit dmv.dc.gov and enter all your current and old vehicle license plate numbers or your driver’s license numbers. During the amnesty period, all penalties on eligible tickets are dropped.


      Q: Do I have to pay all my tickets at one time?
      A: No. Tickets can be paid at any time during the amnesty period. However, eligible tickets not paid during the amnesty period will have the penalty added back to the ticket.


      Q: How do I pay amnesty tickets?
      A: The fastest and most efficient way is to pay online at dmv.dc.gov. Payments can also be made over the phone (866-893-5023) or in person at 301 C Street NW, Room 1157, Monday through Friday from 8:15 am until 4 pm. However, expect the in person wait to be several hours due to increased customer volume resulting from the amnesty program.


      Q: Can I request a hearing on amnesty tickets?
      A: No. The period for contesting amnesty tickets has passed.


      Q: Will points be assessed if I pay a moving violation?
      A: No. Points will not be assessed on moving violation tickets under the amnesty program. But if you were previously found liable for a moving violation and had points assessed at that time, the points will not be removed from your driver’s record until two years have expired.


      Q: Are amnesty tickets eligible for a ticket payment plan?
      A: Yes, but for District residents only who meet plan eligibility requirements. If you are already on a ticket payment plan, the penalty has been removed from the amnesty tickets. If your payment plan is not satisfied within the agreed 6 months, your penalty will be reinstated at the end of your payment plan period.


      Q: Are outstanding tickets that have been referred to a collection agency eligible too?
      A: Yes. DMV’s collections contractor, Professional Account Management, is aware of DMV’s amnesty program. Penalties have also been removed from amnesty tickets in their database. If you have tickets listed with the credit bureaus, Professional Account Management will request that the file is expunged after the fine amount is paid.


      Q: I recently paid several tickets that would qualify for the amnesty program. Can I get a refund?
      A: No. Payments made prior to August 1, 2011 will not qualify for the amnesty program and no refunds will be issued.


      Q: How often does the District offer a ticket amnesty program?
      A: The last time the District offered a ticket amnesty program was in 2001.


      Q: Who do I contact for additional information about the amnesty program?
      A: You can visit our website at dmv.dc.gov or email us at


      DMVTicketAmnesty@... for more information.



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