The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office recently kicked off its monthlong Operation: “A Second Chance.”
The annual program, operated in conjunction with all Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies through Dec. 31, allows individuals with nonviolent misdemeanor criminal and traffic warrants to receive a citation for their offenses and a new court date in lieu of being booked into the county’s main jail. Individuals may go to any Santa Clara County law enforcement agency to receive the warrant citation, which will require a new “Promise to Appear” in court at a future date.
The program is directed toward most misdemeanor warrants – regardless of bail amount – and includes those stamped, “No Cite and Release” and “No Bail.”
The following warrants do not qualify for the program, but the Sheriff’s Office urges those with these types of warrants to cooperate and turn themselves in:
• Felony warrants.
• Any warrant involving violence (including all domestic violence warrants).
• Any warrant involving a firearm.
• Any warrant involving resisting arrest.
• Any warrant involving giving false information to a peace officer.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Operation: “A Second Chance” has seen its share of success over the past seven years, with more than 2,400 people issued citations for a new court date and released on the spot.
Individuals with outstanding misdemeanor warrants can self-surrender at their local police and sheriff’s stations – including the Los Altos Police Station at 1 N. San Antonio Road – and secure their release instead of going to jail.
For more information, call Sheriff’s Office Records at (408) 808-4717.