Expungement Clinic 8/29/2021
Now that cannabis has been legalized in Arizona under Prop 207, we have the ability to expunge certain Cannabis-related charges off your criminal record. Oasis Cannabis has teamed up with the Arizona NORML chapter to host a free expungement clinic in the East Valley for those who have been affected by the War on Drugs. Come see if you are eligible to get your Arizona criminal cannabis charge removed. This event is free to the public and zero cost to start your expungement petition!
We encourage participants to bring any relevant documents or information related to their Arizona criminal charge or case. Legal support will be provided onsite this day if you do not have documents related to your charges. No documentation, no problem!
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Mesa 1011 W Holmes Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210
Palo Verde Meeting Room
Sunday, August 29th
11:00am – 5:00pm
Arizona NORML Director of Politics Julie Gunnigle and volunteer attorney Kent Berk meet with clinic attendees. (Arizona NORML)
What Is “Expungement”?
A fancy word for erasing all records of your low-level marijuana arrest and/or conviction. When you “expunge” your records, they get sealed, and no prying eyes will be able to find out about your past (and entirely unjust) conviction or arrest. Want opportunities you were wrongly denied? This Sunday, August 29th is your chance for a clean slate.
Do You Qualify?
Have you been arrested in Arizona for a low-level marijuana offense? You are in luck! Prop. 207 lets people expunge all traces of the following offenses from their records:
– Possessing, consuming, or transporting 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana;
– Possessing, consuming, or transporting 12.5 grams or less of concentrates;
– Possessing, transporting, cultivating, or processing 6 or fewer marijuana plants;
– Possessing, using, or transporting marijuana paraphernalia.
Not sure? It’s the government’s job to prove you got busted with more.
For more information on free clinic dates or getting your expungement petition started, visit Arizona NORML’s website here
Why Should You Care?
Low-level marijuana offenses are fundamentally unjust. Although they result from a harmless behavior that is now legal, these minor offenses still follow people for a lifetime, causing landlords to reject housing applications, limiting opportunities to receive state licenses, and leading many employers to deny job to otherwise qualified applicants.
How Does Expungement Work?
There are generally three steps to filing your “petition” for expungement with a court:
1. Get a copy of your criminal record, either through a records request with the Department of Public Safety (recommended) or using the courts’ Public Access Case Lookup tool;
2. Draft a petition using our tool below; and then,
3. File your petition with the court at no cost.
4. Once your petition is filed, the government will have only 30 days to oppose it in court, and to stop your chance at a second shot, the government must prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that you are not eligible for expungement.
Have more questions? Visit us on Sunday, August 29th to get all of your questions answered or start your petition!