Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office:
WHAT: Sheriff Miller and D.A. Todd Williams will discuss Amnesty Day, which will take place on January 25th. They will also take questions from the media about the new program.
Some members of the public have expressed concerns that this program is somehow a trap. The Sheriff and D.A. will speak to those concerns and assure individuals who have previously failed to appear on any misdemeanor and/or traffic charge that this program is specifically designed to help people who are in that situation.
No one will be arrested at the Amnesty Day event on the 25th. Everyone who has failed to appear on a previous misdemeanor or traffic charge will either have their case dismissed or leave the event with a new court date to handle the case. The purpose of this program is to divert people out of the criminal justice system and remove the legal barriers to obtaining a driver’s license, employment, and education that prevent people with these types of unresolved matters from moving forward with their lives.
A full write-up of Amnesty Day can be found at: www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=17768
WHEN and WHERE: The press conference will take place on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 a.m. on the first floor of the Buncombe County Judicial Complex, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28801.