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Barberton Municipal Court offering License Forfeiture Amnesty Program
BARBERTON — The Barberton Municipal Court once again will implement the Operator’s License Forfeiture (OLF) Amnesty Program, according to Diana Stevenson, clerk of the Barberton Municipal Court.
The program, which runs through Dec. 15, allows citizens whose licenses have been forfeited for not paying court fines and costs to pay one-half of the amount owed to the court and, in turn, the court will release the license forfeiture, a step toward having a valid driver’s license, according to Stevenson. Citizens will be placed on an updated monthly payment plan for the balance of fines and costs they owe the court.
“The court realizes the importance of having a valid driver’s license,” said Stevenson. “The overwhelming benefit to the citizens of the district in giving those whose license has been suspended the opportunity to release that suspension has compelled Judge David Fish and Judge Christine Croce to hold the OLF Amnesty Program.”
According to Stevenson, one-half of the amount owed on all traffic and criminal cases must be paid in order for the court to release the license forfeiture. Defendants must pay the remaining one-half on a monthly basis until paid in full. Defendants are subject to future license forfeitures for nonpayment if they do not continue to make timely monthly payments.
Letters to all defendants who have a current license forfeiture have been sent out by the clerk’s office, according to Stevenson.
“I highly encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Stevenson. “After Dec. 15, 2013, the court will require full payment of fines and costs before the license forfeiture is released.”
The Barberton Municipal Court district serves the communities of Barberton, Clinton, Copley, Coventry, Green, New Franklin and Norton.
For questions regarding the program, call 330-861-7191.
Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.
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