Mar 22, 2016
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Individuals with a criminal record or unpaid traffic tickets in Contra Costa County can receive free legal consultation at an event at a Richmond church on Saturday.

Contra Costa Clean Slate Day 2016 takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 684 Juliga Woods St. in Richmond.

Criminal histories and a lack of a driver’s license are “huge barriers” preventing individuals from being productive members of society, said County Deputy Public Defender Ellen McDonnell, according to an article by the nonprofit For Richmond.

“Our office puts an emphasis on expanding our clean slate practice,” McDonnell said.

Those seeking legal consultation at Saturday’s event can receive help with cleaning up their records and learning their legal rights.

The event is coordinated by the church, the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, Rubicon Programs, Bay Area Legal Aid, the Reentry Success Center, and the Safe Return Project.

Attendees are asked to bring a government issued photo ID in order to qualify for a free RAP Sheet. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact McDonnell at the Public Defender’s office at (925) 335-8075 or, or the Reentry Success Center at (510) 679-2122.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.