County cracking down on unpaid fines
CHICKASAW COUNTY – Thousands of dollars in unpaid fines can be found on the Chickasaw County Justice Court docket and they need to be paid.
Justice Court judges have pulled 100 convictions with past due fines and will be issuing warrants this week for the arrest of the individual and demanding payment of past due fines.
“People who know me and people who have been before my court know I will work with people in paying a fine,” said Dist. 1 Justice Court Judge Garry Turner. “But these people have already been convicted and they know they owe this money.”
Turner pointed out all fines go to the county general fund and supervisors use that money to fund a variety of services.
“We’ve got people who get a ticket and come in a pay it,” said Turner. “Then we have people who get in court and promise to pay if we can work something out. I usually set up a payment plan and they pay for a month or two and stop.”
Turner said the number of unpaid fines has grown to a sizable amount.
“I can’t tell you exactly but it is thousands and thousands of dollars,” said Turner. “If we could get everyone to pay it would solve a lot of problems for the county, financially.”
Turner said the process will work like this:
• Justice Court clerks will bring a list of people owing unpaid fines. Turner said the names are pulled at random.
• A bench warrant will be issued to county constables for the person’s arrest.
• Constables and local law enforcement will look for the person for arrest.
• Person’s arrested on the bench warrant will be carried to Chickasaw County Jail to await a court date or until they pay their fines.
“What they need to realize is there will be additional court costs and fees and fines if they are arrested on this bench warrant,” said Turner. “It’s cheaper and easier if they just come in and pay the fine they currently owe.”
Turner said Justice Court will also be uploading the names of people who have unpaid fines into the county’s computer system. If a person is pulled over by a Houston, Okolona or Houlka policeman, a Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputy or Mississippi Highway Patrolman they will be flagged as owing an unpaid ticket.
“That officer will arrest that person and immediately carry them to jail,” said Turner. “They may just have run a stop sign, but that unpaid ticket gets them a trip to jail.”
Turner said no citation or verdict by the court ever goes away. He said they have unpaid tickets going back as far as 2004.
Turner said the county is not trying to be hard on anybody and they just want those who owe a fine to pay it off.
“We are doing this on both side of the county and in every municipality,” said Turner. “Like I said earlier, these people have already been convicted and they know they owe a fine. They need to settle this by paying up.”
Turner said anyone wanting to know the amount they owe can call the Chickasaw County Justice Court Clerk’s office at 456-2878 or 447-3402, during regular office hours.
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Floyd Ingram
- Okolona approves tutorial services, signs promissory note October 18, 2016
- WEEK 10: High School Football Previews October 21, 2016
- POLICE ROUNDUP: Charges upgraded following fatal accident October 21, 2016
- What color is homelessness? October 22, 2016
- WEEK 10: High School Football Scores October 22, 2016
- Houston seeks to improve attendance October 24, 2016
- BREAST CANCER: Know your foe October 24, 2016
- Find a lump? Find out what it is! October 24, 2016
- JAY HUGHES: The killing of public education October 23, 2016
- NANCY LOOME: Lawmakers “examine” MAEP funding October 23, 2016
- Bet Rob: I came into town over the weekend to ride part of ...
- Jim Garth Horn: Did I miss it or is there anywhere in the article ...
- Americasgone: They have a "no guns" sign on their door. If the...
- Americasgone: This has to be a joke. They have good employees an...
- Jessica Lacy: Leadershipprovides with the opportunity to lead. E...
- RT @wcbiweather: The heat index has surpassed 100 in many spots today. Stay cool out there! #mswx #alwx #wcbi http://t.co/Lt2LRZTDcm 3 years ago
- RT @dennisseid: OSHA: 24 work-related deaths in Miss. last year http://t.co/lgEYYtK7ZR 3 years ago
- Speech pathologists work to better communication skills | Monroe Journal http://t.co/lyHLvb0OS1 3 years ago
- Mumford & Sons bassist has blood clot on brain http://t.co/4xNLMhxaif 3 years ago
- Mobile home fire claims one | Itawamba Times http://t.co/FHouwxbnsp 3 years ago