Thousands of persons offered chance to “Make it Right” in program aimed at clearing open warrants for minor crimes
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Thousands of persons offered chance to “Make it Right” in program aimed at clearing open warrants for minor crimes

 

 

District Attorney Kim Ogg, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Pastor Joel Osteen are co-hosting “Make It Right!” Saturday April 22, 2017 at Lakewood Church.

The program offers thousands of people a chance to clear up pending cases, including open warrants, for certain Class C Misdemeanors arising from cases filed in Harris County Precinct 1 and Precinct 6.

“This is about helping people to get their lives back on track, stay in the work force, and build a better future,” Ogg said. “We want them to know that they can come forward to resolve their legal situations and learn about other opportunities for themselves and their families.”

Persons, including those with unresolved warrants, for low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses filed in those jurisdictions have the chance to “Make It Right!” for themselves in a non-traditional manner. They don’t’ have to go to court and don’t risk arrest. Participants do not have to live in Precinct 1 or Precinct 6, but that has to be where the charge was filed.

“This is a great opportunity for thousands of people to resolve their outstanding warrants and make a new start. This event also benefits law enforcement agencies by allowing them to clear warrants without the expense and risks involved in arresting people on minor offenses,” Ellis said. “I also hope other Harris County residents will take advantage of the job fair, community services and free legal resources that will be available at the event.”

 

Approximately 5,000 letters were mailed to eligible persons to inform them of this unique opportunity.

 

The general public also has the opportunity to receive free legal advice from volunteer defense lawyers regarding landlord-tenant issues, immigration, child support and other areas.

 

They can also attend a career fair and learn about educational opportunities.

 

Please note that there will be a news media availability to speak with various officials from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

 

What: Make It Right!

 

When: Saturday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Where: Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, 77027.

 

Who: Among the many participants:

District Attorney Kim Ogg

Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen

Justice of the Peace Judge Eric William Carter

Justice of the Peace Judge David Patronella,

Justice of the Peace Judge Richard Vara

Justice of the Peace Judge Armando Rodriguez,

Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen

Precinct 6 Constable Silvia Trevino

Harris County Public Defender’s Office

Beacon Law

 

Further explanation: Among the Class C charges that could be resolved: criminal mischief, criminal trespass, continuing obligation of a child now an adult, minor consuming or possessing alcohol, minor in possession of tobacco, issuance of a bad check – defendants must bring restitution for a bad check offense to be eligible for dismissal, failure to ID, failure to appear, drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, theft of less than $100.

Traffic offenses and felonies are not eligible.

 

For members of the public or organizations wanting more information about Make It Right! and qualifying offenses, please contact dennis_shekira@dao.hctx.net


 

 

Dane Schiller

Director of Communications

Harris County District Attorney’s Office

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