PITTSBURG, Kan. – Kansas Legal Services and Leggett & Platt are partnering to host an expungement clinic aimed at helping people who were arrested or convicted of a crime in Crawford County get a second chance by having those records expunged. The clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Expungement is the legal process of removing or sealing a criminal record. Criminal convictions and other offenses can stay on a person’s record for years and become a barrier to obtaining employment, housing, and education. When a person’s record is expunged, no information related to the arrest or the conviction can be disclosed to the public, offering individuals a second chance.
This free clinic is a meant to help residents get help expunging their eligible criminal records. Having a criminal record, even just an arrest, can stop a person from qualifying for many types of jobs and benefits. Those with eligible cases will meet with volunteers from Leggett & Platt and Kansas Legal Services who will review their cases and help draft all the necessary paperwork.
While the event is free, filing fees may apply. Individuals must pre-register by Monday, May 29. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, call 1-800-723-6953 or visit www.kansaslegalservices.org/CRexpunge.
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