St. Louis City is hosting “Compliance Week” for anyone in the city with minor offenses.
Anyone with a minor non-violent offense can go before a judge for free and work out a plan to take care of their issues. Violators can get a new court date at no new cost and avoid going to jail.
“We're talking about city municipality ordinances in non-violent truancy, nuisance violations, and moving and non-moving violations can be some examples of that,” said St. Louis City Communications Director Maggie Crane.
Many people who were at the event on Monday told News 4 they are unable to pay the fines and also said having a warrant on their record has kept them from working.
“I lost my job driving trucks and they wouldn't let me renew my license without getting these warrants took up,” saidNathaniell Ward.
Fines still have to be paid. However, since December, judges have been ordered to take the ability of the violator to pay into consideration.
“When you do come to court and get before a judge, a judge is able to take into account your ability to pay so if it needs to be a lesser fine, a payment plan, or potentially even community service. A judge has that at his or her discretion,” said Crane.
Compliance Week is being held at the municipal court on Market Street from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until Friday, March 13.