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Veterans get second chance with Buncombe court system on Veterans Amnesty Day

Veterans get second chance with Buncombe court system on Veterans Amnesty Day (Photo: Ingvar Pärnamäe / MGN)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. A June event offers local veterans the chance to revisit court dates, remit unpaid fines, and resolve minor traffic matters, all without fear of arrest.

"In recognition of their service and sacrifice we want to help Buncombe County Vets with old traffic matters. If the facts and circumstances warrant, the DA's Office may elect to dismiss certain cases in the interests of justice," said District Attorney Todd Williams.

Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams and Superior Court Judge Marvin P. Pope announce the second Buncombe County Veterans Amnesty Day will be held Friday, June 3, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held on the first floor of the old wing of the Buncombe County Courthouse.

Veterans should bring proof of discharge such as a DD214 form to the event. Additionally, the citation, infraction or other criminal process must have been issued from within the jurisdiction of Buncombe County, and traffic violations occurring outside of Buncombe County are not eligible.

There are over 100 operational Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States today and three are presently operational across North Carolina. Veterans Treatment Courts strive to support veterans in sobriety, recovery and mental health stability through a coordinated response of court personnel, veteran support groups and the resources of the Veteran's Administration.

"We anticipate holding another Amnesty Day for vets on or about the week of Veterans' Day. The November amnesty event will focus on unresolved non-violent misdemeanor offenses," said Williams in the release.

For more information about Veteran's Treatment Court and Veteran's Amnesty Day call Dr. Eric D. Howard, MSW, at 828-259-6601 or District Attorney Todd Williams at 828-259-3410.

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