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Warrant Amnesty Settlement Period Continues Through June 30


6/10/2014 by Brennan Matherne
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The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office and the State of Louisiana 17th Judicial District Court, is reminding citizens that the Warrant Amnesty Settlement Period is underway and continues through Monday, June 30. During the amnesty period, individuals with qualifying outstanding warrants are able to pay the fines, fees and costs associated with those warrants in order to avoid arrest. The bench warrant fee of $150 will be waived for those paying during the amnesty period. A list of all individuals with qualifying warrants has been posted to the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lpso.net.

Citizens with qualifying warrants can pay at any of four LPSO locations. Please note the LPSO Administrative Office (200 Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux) and the Criminal Operations Center (805 Crescent Avenue, Lockport) will now accept payments only during regular office hours:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Lafourche Parish Detention Center (952 Highway 3185, Thibodaux) and the South Lafourche Sub-station:  (102 West 91st Street, Cut Off) will continue to remain open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to accept payments during the amnesty period. Anyone can make payments by cash or money order at these locations. Residents of Lafourche Parish can pay by check only if the warrant is not related to a previous non-sufficient funds check. Payments can also be made by credit or debit card over the phone and at all locations except the Criminal Operations Center in Lockport. For phone payments, the name on the card must match the name on the warrant, and a 3 percent convenience charge will apply.

The Lafourche Parish Warrant Amnesty Settlement Period, or "WASP," allows the parish criminal justice system to resolve warrants proactively while affording citizens the opportunity to make payments and avoid arrest. Most misdemeanor warrants are eligible, and everyone is encouraged to check the list posted on the Sheriff’s Office website for their own name, as well as names of friends or family members. Many people eligible for the amnesty program do not even realize they have an outstanding warrant. Beginning Tuesday, July 1, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office deputies will begin proactively seeking those with outstanding warrants who have not taken advantage of the amnesty period. The amnesty period affects only those warrants issued by the 17th Judicial District Court and does not apply to warrants issued by municipal courts. More information on the WASP program is available at www.lpso.net