Scofflaws in Santa Clara County had a way to get back on the nice list
this past December.
Most law-enforcement organizations in the county participated in
Operation Second Chance. Persons with warrants for non-violent misdemeanors and traffic tickets
could self-surrender, get a new citation and a new court date. They were
then released after giving a promise to appear. The amnesty applied regardless
of the bail amount, or even if bail had been earlier denied.
Operation Second Chance has ran every December since 2004, and officials
report that more than 2,800 people have participated in the program.
In a previous post, we discussed the attraction of a mini-amnesty, as opposed
to the blanket ticket amnesties California has sponsored in the past.
Even if a number of the second-chance participants once again failed to
appear, which is a strong possibility, a
mini-amnesty has some tangible benefits:
If you get a traffic ticket in Fresno, speak to a lawyer right away who
can get the fine and/or points reduced.