FLATBUSH – Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will roll out the popular Begin Again program this month, where residents can address outstanding summonses for low-level offenses.
For the fourth consecutive year, New York residents get the chance to clear their slates of outstanding summonses received before Aug 31, 2018. On Sept. 21st and 22nd, summons holders can bring their tickets to Lenox Road Baptist Church at 1356 Nostrand Ave. from 9 am to 3 pm.
Legal Aid will be on deck to counsel residents on clearing their records, misdemeanors or felony warrants. Immigration status will not prevent an individual’s low-level summons warrant from being resolved.
The District Attorney’s office will not address any transit-related summonses or child support warrants during the 2-day event. Residents are advised to contact the respective agencies.
Last year, the Brooklyn DA’s office in collaboration with Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx vacated more than 600,000 summonses of which 143,000 belonged to residents in Brooklyn. The initiative has serviced more than 3000 people city-wide and more than 2000 warrants were cleared since 2015.
The late Ken Thompson first intitiated the program and has since been touted as a way to eleviate overburdend courts.
Officials are expected to hold a press conference to officially announce the event tomorrow in Flatbush.