LBPD and city prosecutor’s office offering ‘fresh start’ to people with minor misdemeanor convictions and warrants

After helping more than 130 people clear their misdemeanor and traffic warrants during two events last year, the Long Beach Police Department and the City Prosecutor’s office are teaming up to help more people get a fresh start in a warrant and expungement servicing event next Saturday, April 27.

The LBPD has thousands of misdemeanor and traffic warrants in its system that need to be cleared, according to the LBPD. If you have an outstanding traffic or non-violent misdemeanor warrant issued by the LBPD, you can participate in the event. Police officers will run participants’ names in their system, check for warrants and if the person still has an outstanding traffic or non-violent misdemeanor warrant, they will be issued a new citation and court date to handle it in court.

“It is apparent from the turnout of these events that our community is willing to partner with LBPD to get a fresh start by taking care of their outstanding warrants,” the LBPD said in a release.

In addition, any person with a misdemeanor conviction can participate in the event by sitting down with licensed attorneys and paralegals to help expunge a criminal conviction from their record.

“We couldn’t be happier to give our community an opportunity in achieving their goals and accomplishments by making it possible to expunge old misdemeanor convictions and help clear warrants,” said LBPD Lt. Dina Zapalski.

The LBPD notes that some warrants are not eligible for a citation release: any felony crime, a misdemeanor warrant involving violence (domestic violence, crime involving a firearm or resisting arrest), or the misdemeanor warrant involved a violation of a restraining, protective or stay away order.

When: Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus at 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Parking Lot 1

Participants can pre-register by April 25 for priority.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.