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DA’s Office Will Offer Free Removal Of Outstanding Warrants During Weekend Event

Kim Ogg says the ‘Make It Right!’ program is not an “amnesty” and underscores how time consuming and expensive serving Class C warrants can be

District Attorney Kim Ogg is offering some residents of Harris County the opportunity of getting their outstanding warrants removed and their pending cases resolved for free and at no risk of being arrested during a one day event that will take place on Saturday, July 14.

District Attorney Kim Ogg is offering some residents of Harris County the opportunity of getting their outstanding warrants removed and their pending cases resolved for free and at no risk of being arrested during a one day event that will take place this weekend.

Ogg announced the initiative, which she calls the ‘Make It Right!’ program, during a press conference held on Friday. This weekend’s event will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at North Shore High School, which is located at 353 Castlegory Dr.

The program will only apply in Harris County’s Precinct 3, which covers the east and northeast of the county.

The offenses that can be removed are Class C warrants, which, for example, include theft (less than $100), public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and other pending charges.

According to information published on the DA’s website, attorneys will be on-site to provide attendants with legal advice and counsel.

Employers and volunteers from local, community-based organizations will also be present to provide information about jobs, job training, educational opportunities, as well as legal referral services.

Ogg underscored at the press conference this initiative is not an “amnesty” and also touched on how time consuming and expensive serving Class C warrants can be. “It takes officers about four hours to arrest somebody, book them into jail, it takes prosecutors time in court to prosecute them, judges’ time, lawyers’ time, several thousand dollars are often expended just in the prosecution of even one minor offense.”

Judge Joe Stephens, who is a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, was also at the press conference and noted: “I live in Precinct 3 and I know there’s a need and we are gonna do our best to fill that need.”

The Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Workforce Solutions and Beacon Law are some of the agencies and organizations that are partnering with the DA’s Office in the ‘Make It Right!’ program.

You can watch the press conference here:

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

General Assignment Reporter

Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all varieties of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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