By Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2021

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A free expungement “tele-clinic” will be held next month focused on removing eligible criminal charges and convictions for clients of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, Migrant Justice and Mercy Connections, the attorney general’s office said.

Certain convictions and dismissed charges may be removed from one’s record after a period of time has passed. In Vermont, many misdemeanors, 14 felony offenses and all dismissed charges can be expunged, Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Friday.

“Access to expungement is critical to our ongoing fight for criminal justice reform,” he said in a written statement. “Expunging criminal records gives Vermonters a fresh start by providing greater educational, economic and social opportunities.”

The clinic will take place March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must schedule an appointment by calling Vermont Legal Aid at 802-503-0005 x255 by Feb. 26. On the of the day of the clinic, it’s recommended that participants have access to a telephone, the internet and a computer or smartphone where they can electronically sign documents. If those are not available, the attorney general’s office will mail the documents. Interpreter service will be provided.

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