LANCASTER – A criminal conviction can carry a lifetime of consequences, making it difficult to obtain employment or even housing. California’s expungement law is a legal remedy available for certain criminal convictions that can help offenders clear their criminal records and move on with their lives.
Do you need to know if you are eligible to expunge your record, how to fill out the forms you need, or how to file with the court?
If so, you may find answers by attending one of the expungement workshops now offered twice a week in Lancaster.
Presented by the Lancaster GROW (General Relief Opportunities for Work) Team and the AV-East Kern 2nd Chance Program, the Expungement Workshops are offered every Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lancaster GROW office, located at 337 East Avenue K-10 in Lancaster.
The workshops are open to all members of the community, and there is no need to reserve a seat.
“Everyone makes mistakes at least once in a while, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to be penalized for a lifetime, and a criminal record does just that,” stated Michelle Egberts of the AV-East Kern 2nd Chance Program. She said the benefits of the expungement workshops far outweigh the costs associated with crime.
“The benefits to the AV community would be reduction in recidivism, reduction in governmental assistance payments, increased income, economic growth, increased tax revenues, preserved family life and the ability to pay victim restitution,” Egberts stated.
According to Egberts, the workshops offer a comprehensive discussion on topics such as:
- Certificate of rehabilitation/ pardon,
- Reducing felonies to misdemeanors, and
- Homeless court.
Participants are simply asked to bring a copy of their “minute order” from court or their “rap sheet,” according to Egberts. (View a flyer for the expungement workshops here.)
For more information on attending one of these workshops, contact Malik Reason at 661-974-8947 or Michelle Egberts at 661-418-8361.