Buncombe County offers Amnesty Day for misdemeanors & traffic citations


    On Friday, Jan. 25, Buncombe County will offer an Amnesty Day. District Attorney Todd Williams says it’s a great opportunity to remove barriers that might be creating obstacles to moving forward in your life. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    It’s a new year, and with it comes the chance to clear up outstanding matters that may be on a person’s criminal record. On Friday, Jan. 25, Buncombe County will offer an Amnesty Day. District Attorney Todd Williams says it’s a great opportunity to remove barriers that might be creating obstacles to moving forward in your life.

    "We'll do a case by case analysis to determine if the case is something we're going to prosecute," WIlliams said. "So, you stand a good chance of coming down to the courthouse and getting a dismissal. But, if that's not what happens, you'll be back on a calendar, without being arrested and moving forward."

    Anyone with old warrants or an order for arrest related to an outstanding misdemeanor and/or traffic citation, that was issued in Buncombe County, is eligible to see if a case can be reset for hearing and possibly dismissed. Felony charges are not eligible.

    “You won’t be arrested,” reassures Williams. “I promise you will leave with either a new court date or on your way to putting the issue behind you.”

    Williams says Amnesty Day is part of the County’s overall effort to save taxpayer dollars by unclogging crowded court dockets. At the same time, it leverages diversion opportunities that can make life easier for people with misdemeanors preventing them from moving forward with employment, reinstating a driver’s license, and other issues that may be holding them back.

    • Who: Anyone with an old warrant or order for arrest related to an outstanding misdemeanor and/or traffic citation that was issued in Buncombe County.
    • When: Friday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon.
    • Where: First floor of the Buncombe County Judicial Complex, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28801

    For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at (828) 259-3410 or your lawyer.

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