Aiken County trying to clear log of bench warrants

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County to clear out its bench warrants

More than 1,000 people have the opportunity to get their records cleared from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office this month.

Operation Clean Slate will allow anyone with a traffic-related bench warrant to pay the fines and not be taken to jail. The warrants will then be removed from the active warrant file.

Bench warrants are issued to anyone with a traffic citation who fails to appear in court or pay the fines imposed by the presiding magistrate judge.

This is the first time the county has tried such an operation. Capt. Troy Elwell said the sheriff’s office borrowed the idea from Richland County, which had some success in the past at clearing its bench warrant files.

“We’re always looking for ways to encourage people to turn themselves in,” he said.

He said it will allow those with bench warrants to avoid being arrested by officers at their home, at work or during a traffic stop.

There are more than 2,800 active traffic-related bench warrants in the county.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the opportunity can stop by Central Traffic Court, 420 Hampton Ave. NE, or call (803) 642-2133 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week of April 30.

– From staff reports

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