- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

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.

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