ALTON | The first Madison County Expungement Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Simmons Hanly Conroy, 1 Court Street. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to bring any paperwork they have related to their charges.
Attendees will check in at a large tent set up in the firm’s front parking lot. Stations will be set up inside the firm’s front lobby for attorneys and attendees to meet on a pro bono basis. The attorney will help attendees determine their eligibility and complete any necessary paperwork. The expungement process normally takes 4 to 6 months, but anyone who participates on Saturday could complete the process in 90 days. In addition, individuals who qualify may submit a petition to have the filing fees waived by a judge.
Since the event was announced earlier this month, Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Amy Garrett said she has received more than 50 inquiries from people interested in having an old charge expunged from their record, as well as several offers from various social service agencies to volunteer at the event. The charges range from petty offenses to non-violent crimes. While not all of these charges may be eligible for expungement or sealing, Garrett said, they still encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with an attorney to discuss their legal options.
For more information, visit www.simmonsfirm.com.