1. WHAT IS THIS?
An opportunity created by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to help individuals clear their misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions.
2. DO I QUALIFY?
The program applies to misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions that were obtained in Kings County (Brooklyn). It does not matter how long ago or when these convictions took place! You will be given the advice and assistance of attorneys from Brooklyn Defender Services or The Legal Aid Society at any of the locations on this flyer. These lawyers will give you advice about the benefits of this process as well as prepare the appropriate forms to remove your misdemeanor marijuana possession conviction. There will be no fee for this service.
3. WHAT IF I’M NOT SURE I QUALIFY, WHERE DO I GET AN ATTORNEY?
Saturday, December 15, 2018 (10 a.m. - 12 noon)/ SUNY Downstate/ 450 Clarkson Avenue
4. DO I HAVE TO GO IN PERSON?
Yes, you will have to go in person. An attorney will meet with you and help you prepare the forms. The DA’s Office will approve them and recommend to the court that your conviction be erased from your record. You will not be required to come to court but make sure your attorney has good contact information for you so you can be notified when this happens.
5. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
All you need to bring is a form of identification. If you have any paperwork or other information about your conviction(s), bring it to show your attorney.
6. HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE?
It will take approximately 15-30 minutes to consult and fill out the appropriate forms with the defense attorneys. There may also be a line for waiting to meet an attorney. After the forms have been completed, it will take approximately 90 days for the conviction to be removed from your record.
7. WHAT IF I HAVE A CONVICTION FROM A DIFFERENT COUNTY?
This program only applies to convictions that occurred in Kings County (Brooklyn) and not to convictions that happened in other counties in New York City or elsewhere.
8. DO I NEED TO LIVE IN BROOKLYN?
No. The program applies to convictions that occurred in Kings County (Brooklyn) and it does not matter where you live now or when the conviction happened – only that the conviction is from Brooklyn.
9. WHAT IF I AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY IMMIGRATION STATUS?
Immigration status will not prevent you from clearing your misdemeanor marijuana possession conviction. There will be attorneys at these events who can analyze your immigration status and make a recommendation to you as to the best course of action. Any information you provide these attorneys will be confidential.