Student advocates at the University of Arizona Tucson’s James E. Rogers School of Law are taking personal action to help people clear low-level cannabis-related conviction records. The date of the event is being rolled out, and students say the initial process to clear their records is swift.
KGUN 9 report Local residents, including one indicted in 1976, reportedly use the school’s cancellation program. Older cannabis-related charges still impact employment and other opportunities.
Law students, including Mia Burcham and Rebecca Caro Cohen, help people expunge their records at the expungement clinic on campus. To do this, they usually look at the disposal dates they said are available from public court records.
“It feels great to have someone walk out with a cleared record. It can be quite life-changing,” said Barcham.
We also offer bircham annihilation training Then ask volunteers for help. The training covers not only proper forms and processes, but also the clinic’s expectations and tips for client interactions.
The deletion process is relatively fast. According to Burcham and Cohen, people don’t even need an ID to expunge records. All they need to know is the date and place of an indictment or arrest.
However, some of the oldest claims are not stored on any computer system and take longer to process. In that case, the petitioner seeking expungement should contact the court directly to request an examination of the record.
“We really hope that when people come in, we can kick them out the door with a completed petition, but we’re frustrated that we can’t,” Cohen said. rice field.
The next expungement will be held at the law school on March 25th. They said they will work with the Arizona Marijuana Elimination Coalition to provide free legal assistance to people if someone is denied.
If you can’t make it to the University of Arizona Clinic in Tucson, this website Sign up for Expunger. It usually takes about 1-2 months in total to see if your records have been expunged.
Arizona residents with low-level cannabis convictions can have their records wiped under the state’s expungement program, which began July 13, 2021. The dismissal of minor cannabis convictions is thanks to Proposition 207, the 2020 ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older. Endorsed by his 60% of Arizona voters.
Under this program, a person convicted of a minor conviction for possessing, transporting, or consuming 2.5 ounces or less of cannabis (of which 12.5 grams or less may be cannabis concentrate or extract) will be disqualified from the record. are eligible to remove the
A person convicted of possessing, growing, processing, or transporting up to six cannabis plants in their principal place of residence may also apply to have their records cleared. Expungements may also be issued for convictions for possessing, using, or transporting equipment related to the consumption, cultivation or processing of cannabis.
Persons subject to erasure must petition the court to have their records erased. medical marijuana minority (M4MM) has provided erasure clinics through its Project Clean Slate initiative.
Arizona’s most populous county took an early lead. According to Aug. 30, 2021, the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County has granted her 3,643 petitions to drop cannabis-related charges since the process began. press release.
Law students with the know-how have proven helpful in clearing records under Arizona’s expungement program.