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Garfield Heights Municipal Court offers '2nd Chance' to pay outstanding balances

Posted at 8:35 AM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 08:35:48-04

Garfield Heights Municipal Court is offering a '2nd Chance' to people that have warrants out for their arrest to pay their outstanding balances. 

The '2nd Chance' program set up by the court applies to anyone who has not paid fines and court costs from a criminal or traffic case.

Usually when a person doesn't appear in court, a warrant is issued for their arrest and the person's driver's license is suspended. The case is also sent to a collection agency that adds an additional 30% charge to the outstanding balance. 

The program will allow the person to pay the court in full without penalty and erase the extra cost of the warrant and collection agency. Upon paying their fees, the person's driver's license will also be re-instated. 

The person only has to go to the court cashier to pay the original outstanding bill.  There is no need to go before the judge again or incur any additional court costs. 

Full payment to the court can be made in cash or with a credit card.  If you use a credit card, a  3% convenience fee will be added. The court can also accept over the phone payments by calling 216-475-1900. 

In person payments can be made at the Garfield Heights Municipal Court, located at 5555 Turney Road.  Court hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The program runs through October 31.