Second Chance Warrant Forgiveness Program

I received a summons very recently and my court date has not yet passed. Can I resolve the summons at Second Chance?

NO. The Court will only hear summonses with unresolved warrants dated prior to October 20, 2017.

I received a letter in the mail stating that I have a summons warrant Does this mean that I have to attend Second Chance?

NO. You are not required to attend the event, but you received this letter based on records from the Office of Court Administration that show you have an outstanding warrant for an unresolved summons. If you attend, your invitation letter will qualify you for expedited handling of your matter in the onsite courtroom.

I have not received a letter about Second Chance, may I still attend?

YES. All low-level summons warrants qualify. Please visit our website at www.queensda.org for more information.

I am a Queens resident, but I received a summons in another borough, can I have my warrant vacated at Second Chance?

YES. All summons warrants issued in New York City qualify. Summons warrant holders from all five boroughs are eligible to come.

I am not a Queens resident and I did not receive my summons in Queens; can I have my warrant vacated at Second Chance?

YES. All summons warrants issued in New York City qualify. I have a summons warrant for an offense that is not listed on your flyer; can I still have my warrant cleared at Second Chance?

Even if your warrant is not listed below, you may still be able to have it addressed at the event. See list below for a sample of qualifying summons warrants. If you are unsure about your summons warrant status, you are welcome to attend the event to receive free legal assistance.

My summons offense has been resolved, but it has never been cleared from my record. Can

this issue be cleared from my record at Second Chance?

Free legal assistance from the Legal Aid Society, Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Lawyers Guild, and
other volunteer attorneys will be onsite and can counsel you as to your best course of action.

What happens if I have a more serious offense on my record and I come to Second Chance?

Free legal assistance from the Legal Aid Society, Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Lawyers Guild, and
other volunteer attorneys will be onsite and can counsel you as to your best course of action.

I have been re-arrested multiple times for summons related warrants on my record; does
this arrest history exclude me from Second Chance?

NO. Your arrest history will not prohibit you from attending Second Chance.
Can I address someone else’s warrant at Second Chance?

NO. The Judge will only consider cases where the individual named in the warrant is present with
valid, state-issued, photo identification.

Do I need to take identification with me to Second Chance?

YES. You will need valid, state-issued, photo identification.
I lost my summons. Can I still attend?

YES. The court will have access to all summons warrants dated before October 20, 2017.

Can I bring family members with me to Second Chance?

YES. Family members are welcome to accompany you to the event.

I am an undocumented immigrant. Can I come to Second Chance?

YES. Your immigration status will not prevent you from having your low-level summons warrant
resolved at Second Chance.

Once I resolve my warrant at Second Chance, will it still appear on my criminal record?

You will receive an onsite disposition letter from the Court showing that your warrant has been
vacated and erased from your record. It may take several days for your digital records to be
updated.

Until then, it will be important to keep the disposition letter on you at all times.

What other resources are available at Second Chance?

Onsite resources include access to job training, healthcare, education, legal assistance, and general
social services.

 

 

 

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