Fresh Start offers chance to clear active warrants

Gilpin, JeffCo low-level, non-violent, and traffic charges eligible

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People with active warrants for non-violent, low-level misdemeanor and traffic charges in Gilpin or Jefferson counties will have an opportunity to resolve their case without being arrested.

According to a statement on the Jefferson County website, the Jan. 29 event aims to resolve minor cases and reduce backlog.

The event will not only benefit individuals with outstanding warrants but will cut costs to taxpayers and allow law enforcement to direct resources toward offenders who commit higher-level crimes and directly victimize others in the community.

Those who have been charged or convicted of a felony offense or any offense under the Victim Rights Act — such as assault, child abuse, unlawful sexual contact, or domestic violence — and those with second or subsequent cases involving driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired are not eligible for the program.

Fresh Start is a concept that originated with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, an advisory body to the policymakers, judiciary, and stakeholder groups of the criminal justice system in Jefferson County.

The CJCC monitors the existing criminal justice system and looks for potential improvement opportunities. According to a press release, the interagency collaboration supports innovative and evidence-based solutions to address deficiencies in the system, as well as promote fairness and justice.

The Fresh Start program is the result of a six-month collaborative effort between First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King, the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, First Judicial District Court, Jefferson County Court, First Judicial District Probation Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Justice Services and Community Connections Center (C3).

The next Fresh Start event will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Jefferson County Probation Remington Building, 11011 W 6th Ave #320, Lakewood, CO 80215.

For more information, call 720-772-2500.

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