Got a Bench Warrant??

Findlay Municipal Court
2nd Annual Safe Surrender Day

Thursday, October 3, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

If you have a Bench Warrant for your arrest from the Findlay Municipal Court, no matter the reason, it will get released on this day only. All you need to do is show up at the Court and meet with Court staff on the above date and time.

In 2018 the Findlay Municipal Court helped 76 individuals get a total of 104 Bench Warrant released. The Court will have the Public Defender’s office, City of Findlay Prosecutor’s office and other agency’s available this day to help get all your Findlay Municipal Court Bench Warrants addressed and released.

For more information, please contact the Findlay Municipal Court Clerk's office at 419-424-7141.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is this for real?

A:  Yes.  The Court is providing an opportunity for persons with bench warrants to come to the Court, address their legal issues and have the bench warrant recalled.

Q:  Why would the Court do this?

A:  This is an effort to afford persons a chance to fix their legal issues.  The event is intended to help reduce the number of outstanding arrest warrants and to avoid having individuals go to the Hancock County Jail while their legal matters are addressed.

Q:  Don’t misdemeanor arrest warrants expire after six months?

A:  No.  There is no expiration on any arrest warrants.  The Court has some warrants that are years old.

Q:  What if a person cannot make it to Court on Thursday October 3, 2019 for Safe Surrender day?

A:  This is a one day only event.  Persons who do not appear on that day will NOT have their bench warrant recalled and are SUBJECT TO ARREST.

Q:  How does someone know if there is a bench warrant for their arrest.

A:   A current listing of active Findlay Municipal Court warrants can be viewed on our website.

Q:  What if someone has an arrest warrant from some other court?

A:  The Findlay Municipal Court can only address warrants issued from cases filed in the Findlay Municipal Court.  If a person has a warrant issued from some other court, the person will need to contact the court that issued the warrant or discuss the matter with their attorney.

Q:  Will I need to bring my attorney with me?

A:  No, but a defendant is always welcome to have an attorney with them in court.  The Hancock County Public Defender will have staff at the court building during Safe Surrender to help persons who want legal assistance, but cannot afford to hire their own attorney.

Q:  How long will the process take to recall someone’s bench warrant?

A:  It depends on how many persons show up for Safe Surrender and how many arrest warrants that person needs to clear up with the Court.  The Court has cleared the docket during the Safe Surrender time to help speed the process for everyone.

Q: Can a person get their sentence changed during Safe Surrender?

A:  No.  The Court will not change someone’s sentence for a criminal offense.  However, if the person needs time to comply with the terms of the sentence, the Court will grant them additional time.  For example, a person will be able to reschedule their community service, re-engage with counseling, sign up to attend the Driver’s Intervention Program or Victim’s Impact Program.

Q:  If a person has a bench warrant requiring them to serve a number of days as a jail sentence, will they go to jail if they show up during Safe Surrender?

A:  No.  Anyone participating in Safe Surrender will be afforded an opportunity to reschedule when they serve the jail sentence.

Q:  What if someone has an arrest warrant that was issued in a civil case?

A:   Arrest warrants are issued when a person does not appear for certain hearings in civil court.  Safe Surrender Day will also address bench warrants issued in civil cases without the person going to jail.