New Mexico eye ‘safe program’ for those with warrants

Metropolitan Court ABQ
Metropolitan Court ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Those with bench warrants in New Mexico may be able to avoid arrest thanks to a “Safe Surrender Program” next week.

Officials say those with an outstanding bench warrant issued by any magistrate court in New Mexico or the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court can turn themselves in at the Barelas Community Center in Albuquerque on Oct. 14 to 15.

The program offers individuals an opportunity to appear before a judge to clear a warrant and potentially resolve their case.

By surrendering, officials say people with an outstanding warrant can seek favorable consideration of their case.

Magistrate courts and the Metropolitan Court have limited jurisdiction and handle DWI cases, misdemeanors, traffic violations and civil actions up to $10,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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