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Violent crimes and felonies are not eligible

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 2, 2016) – For one-day only, individuals with outstanding nonviolent misdemeanor or criminal traffic warrants in Palm Beach County can get a fresh start and avoid jail time.

will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two convenient locations: the South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; and the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.

“More than 25,000 people have outstanding warrants, which are typically issued when an individual fails to appear in court," said Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock. "Resolving these warrants allows citizens to clear their record as well as improve efficiencies in our justice system."

“This initiative will allow us to resolve some of the thousands of open warrants in Palm Beach County,” said Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath. “Operation Fresh Start offers these individuals an opportunity to come before a judge and avoid arrest.”

During this event, eligible defendants may voluntarily appear in court, avoid jail time and establish a payment plan for fines and costs. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will be on-site during the event to assist with driver’s license reinstatements.

“Operation Fresh Start is an opportunity to resolve your open traffic and misdemeanor warrant,” said State Attorney Dave Aronberg. “This is a unified effort by the criminal justice partners to ensure accountability and at the same time allow eligible citizens to clear open charges and move on with their lives.”

“What a great chance for individuals to clear up a situation that could be preventing them from pursuing opportunities that would otherwise be available to them,” said Public Defender Carey Haughwout. “We need to continue to work together on projects like Operation Fresh Start, making it easier for folks to make an honest living and contribute to our community.”

Appointments are required. Individuals must contact the Public Defender’s Office at 561-355-7655 or warrantrecall@pd15.org by APRIL 21 to confirm eligibility and schedule an appointment.

Participants can check the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website at: https://services.flhsmv.gov/DLCheck/ or call 1-850-617-2000 to review their driver’s license status prior to registering for this event.

For a detailed list of documentation required for driver’s license reinstatement, visit www.GatherGoGet.com.

For more information, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/opfreshstart.

Operation Fresh Start is a collaboration between Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Public Defender Carey Haughwout and State Attorney Dave Aronberg, the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are providing additional support.



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