Those with active misdemeanor bench warrants in the Española Municipal Court system can have them dismissed this week through an amnesty program.

The Second Chance Bench Warrant Program began Monday and ends Friday. Anyone wishing to participate can go to the Española Municipal Court, located at 1316 Calle Adelante Suite D, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Court Administrator Anna Squires said while people will be required to meet with Judge Stephen Salazar, they should not be afraid to come for fear of being arrested. The amnesty program will dismiss the warrant, along with associated court costs, and people will have the opportunity to either pay fines stemming from their original offense or enter into a payment plan.

Judges issue bench warrants when a person does not comply with court rules and requirements for offenses such as failing to appear in court or pay fines.

Squires said Salazar holds the program each year for one week and did it twice in 2019, during which 22 people had their bench warrants dismissed.

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