‘Clean Slate’ Amnesty Program

If you have an unpaid fine with the Klamath County Justice Court, a ‘clean slate’ amnesty program could save you some money.

Klamath County Justice of the Peace Karen Oakes says the amnesty program applies to fines that have been turned over to a collection agency…

“From April 1st through June 30th, we’re offering a 25% reduction across the board for folks that pay their violations in full.”

Oakes notes that the amnesty does not apply to those with cases before Klamath Falls municipal court, or Klamath County circuit court…

“My court deals with traffic violations, animal control citations, code enforcement violations.” But, those ‘little’ violations can add up. “We have 2200 defendants that have been turned over to Carter-Jones, and those 2200 defendants owe approximately 910 thousand dollars.”

Carter-Jones Collection Agency will manage the program, and Oakes notes that those paying traffic citations will get an added benefit – their driving privileges restored.

“When someone doesn’t pay a fine, and it’s for a traffic violation, one of the results is that their driver’s license gets suspended.”

Oakes believes it’s the right time to help defendants get back on their feet during tough economic times…

“This is the first time that Klamath County Justice Court has offered an amnesty program.”

And a chance for many to get a ‘clean slate’.

And here’s the ‘fine print’: The 25% discount applies to the total amount owed, including principal, interest, and collection costs. The fines must be paid in full, no payment plans will be offered.

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