Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office To Host ‘Clean Slate Day’ On Saturday

May 17, 2018 10:00 am · 30 comments

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office will host ‘Clean Slate Day’ on Saturday May 19.

This event allows individuals to apply for and receive a reduction or dismissal of a prior conviction.

“Clean Slate Day will help remove barriers for members of our community trying to get a fresh start. With this partnership, we are able to assist hundreds seeking legal assistance,” stated Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. “Prior convictions can leave a lasting mark on an individual’s record and life. We must continue to seek opportunities to bring law enforcement and the legal community together with the community to ease tensions and clear old convictions,” Becton said.

 

Clean Slate Day starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. at Antioch Middle School.

Runaround Blue May 17, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Some Harley biker munched his fairing and tore his left mirror off when he tried to lane split my 4×4 truck while I was sitting at a light. He had the balls to try and blame me, but I pointed out he was missing his training wheels and that it was his fault.
I got back in and drove off after I saw no real notiable damage to my truck. He got no info outa me, he can call his own insurance to tell them what a dummy he was for lane splitting on a full dresser bike that’s half as wide as a smart car..lol

These are the guys cops need to be ticketing.

Simonpure May 17, 2018 at 10:39 AM

Are you sure you are commenting on the right post? Great story though.

Dixie May 17, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Leaving the scene of an accident, even if it’s not your fault is a hit and run, you can be arrested.

Cowellian May 17, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Dixie,
It’s only a crime if it actually happened. But yeah, it is a great story, though.

Darwin May 17, 2018 at 11:42 AM

A couple things about your story, do not make sense. How do you tear off a little Side view mirror on a full dresser. The mirror is protected by the fairing??? And is not protruding enough to tear off. Also your 4×4 would sit to high for the mirror to hit??? I call BS.

Simonpure May 17, 2018 at 10:39 AM

Bet the line will be lengthy.

chuckie the troll May 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Why would I support or celebrate our District Attorneys Office ‘cleaning the slate’ of people rightly convicted of a crime? So they can start from square one, and work their way (very slowly) back into prison? So they can legally purchase a gun and vote?

Almonds aren’t the only nuts California is famous for.

Covfee May 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Following your logic, we should never release anyone from incarceration. After all, they will just eventually commit another crime. Did I get that correct?

I will counter that if a person has completed their sentence, parole, probation, etc. then they should not be punished further.

Darwin May 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM

ANOTHER FREEBEE FOR THE FELON. There is already a “clean slate program” that has been around for decades. It’s called a change of plea (COP), the only felonies that are not eligible are mostly 707B felonies ( murder, rape, robbery, carjacking, etc…) All the person ( felon) has to do is make the VICTIM whole again by paying victim restitution in full. They are also required to pay any court fines and fees, however the judge ALWAYS waives their fines and fees. The COP, reduces the felony to a misdemeanor and then dismisses the misdemeanor conviction.
Once the victim is whole, the person (felon) contacts the probation department or the public defender to have them file the motion of a COP. I have never seen the court deny a COP, if the victim was made whole. There is usually a $150 fee to file a change of plea, but of course that is waived to.

All the felons know about the change of plea, but very few want to make their wrong a right by paying VICTIM restitution. Criminals have more rights than tax payers. The DA knows about the COP, this must be some kind of a publicity stunt.

Safety Second May 17, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Diana Becton is interim DA who was not elected. She is a typical California leftist pandering to criminals and illegal aliens. If she gets elected in June y’all deserve the wave of property crimes that will strike your neighborhoods. More evidence that liberalism is a mental disorder. Better vote for Paul Graves for District Attorney.

Anon May 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Glad to see the criminals are getting even MORE BREAKS on the backs of their victims and the tax payers. Wake up, Contra Costa. You ELECT these people making the decisions into office.

Patty May 17, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Funny that Becton is doing this 3 weeks before the election. Seems like a PR stunt right before the election. And I notice she is making the statement. I thought they had a spokesperson that was making all the statements for the DA office.

Kentucky Derby May 17, 2018 at 11:54 AM

More rights for the criminal. This is ridiculous. Hopefully they’ll be too irresponsible to show up, and their convictions will stand.

Doh May 17, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Not all “criminals” are really criminals. Even a minor misdemeanor can prevent someone from getting hired. Part of the Dodd-Franks act was to insure banks didn’t have criminals working for them. An upper level executive was fired after 20+ years at a NY bank because he had a conviction on his record. When he was in college he used a cardboard slug at a laundry mat.

I knew a guy who worked at BofA for at least 15 years. He was laid off. He came back as a contractor. But when he was in college in the late 60’s he abandoned his junk car on 101. That conviction prevented him from getting a job doing the same thing he had done for years at BofA. Both were honest men who lost employment.

Did you ever “shoot the moon” when you were 18? Should you be registered as a sex offender for the rest of your life?

Darwin May 17, 2018 at 2:32 PM

@ Doh SEE MY EARLIER POST. The things you speak of are urban legends. I call BS, back ground checks don’t go back that far (I ran them for years) to the 60s and abandoning are car??? That would be a DMV issue. The stories you are hearing are not true or you are hearing the persons watered down version of them minimalizing what they did. Once again, see my earlier post.
You can’t be fired for a crime that happened years ago, but you can be fired for not disclosing the conviction depending on the companies policy that the person agrees to prior to employment.

Doh May 17, 2018 at 9:52 PM

The East Coast banker was in the news a couple of years ago. I knew the man that could not get rehired at BofA. But some people don’t believe in reality. Enjoy your bubble.

Retired LEO May 18, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Darwin is largely correct.

That being said, minor misdemeanors these days don’t really impact the ability to get a job – but every company (and hiring manager) has different criteria when interviewing/hiring. As far as what BofA did…. without knowing all of the facts, I would be hesitant about the one 1960’s “conviction” being the sole reason for not being hired back as a contractor.

Now it might be a different issue if the interviewee had lied on his job application…

Darwin May 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM

@ Retired LEO 👍👍👍

martinezmike May 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

No real world translation, so I’ll make up my own.

“Cleaning the slate” = erasing criminal records
” Help remove barriers” taking the bars off the jails.

Freedom of speech May 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

California legislators have too much time on their hands to come up with asinine laws, so maybe this is a pushback against the idiocy in Sacramento.
However, there should be accountability and responsibility for your actions, no matter when they happened.

RANDOM TASK May 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

We must continue to seek opportunities to bring law enforcement and the legal community together with the community to ease tensions and clear old convictions,” Becton said

UMMM SOO THE ABOVE QUOTE NEEDS TO BE EXPLAINED :
SEEK OPORTUNITIES FOR WHAT LETTING CRIMINALS BE CRIMINALS ACT LIKE CRIMINALS COMMIT CRIMINAL ACTS AND THEN EXCUSE THEM FROM BEING A CRIMINAL …HEY DONT BREAK THE LAW AND YOU WONT HAVE A RECORD …JUST SAYING RIGHT

NOW NEXT: BRING POLICE AND LEGAL COMMUNITY TOGETHER ..TO EASE TENSIONS ( WHAT TENSIONS ) AND CLEAR CRIMINALS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS …..UHH WHAT DOES THAT MEAN : HAVE A BBQ AND EXCHANGE GIFTS IF YOUR PC BRIAN IS IN CHAOS WOW

SO DEMIFORNIA IS NOW ENACTING THE LAW OF NO ONE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS

HEY I AM FOR PEOPLE WHO DID THEIR TIME AND WANT TO WORK AND CONTRIBUTE …YET WHY A FREE PASS HOW ABOUT COMMUNITY SERIVCE FOR THEM TO SHOW THE COMMUNITY THEY WANT TO BE A PART OF IT AND CONTRIBUTE ….WHY ALLOW A CRIMINAL TO TERRORIZE OR CHANGE LIVES OF INNOCENTS OR CHILDREN OR WIVES FOREVER AND YET ONCE A YEAR CLEAR THEM OF ALL LIABILITY FOR COMMITING THOSE ACTS …THE PC BRAINWASHING GOING ON IS WAY OUT OF HAND

NEXT YOU WILL MAKE A LAW WHERE IT IS LEGAL TO STEAL FROM ANYONE AND NO BE PROSECUTED FOR IT ….HOPE THAT NEVER HAPPENS GEEZE

CAPS ARE FOR PC BOLDNESS ONLY …WELCOME TO DEMIFORNIA

Freeloader May 17, 2018 at 12:53 PM

This is rich. Right before the election, let em all off the hook. This is why I’m voting for Paul Graves.

Ridiculous.

Countryboy May 17, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Unbelievable/wrong

Anonymoous May 17, 2018 at 1:42 PM

This is just an attempt by the current , appointed DA ,to keep her job.
I don’t know who Graves is , but he gets my vote . I want a real DA.

Covfee May 17, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Interesting that people are presuming that the event is going to somehow release all the convicted criminals and remove all laws. This event is cohosted by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Antioch Police Department.

“The Clean Slate Program operates throughout the entire year and is managed by the Public Defender’s Office. Individuals can contact the program at 925-335-8150 for questions about seeking Proposition 47 relief, record sealing, legal advice and dismissals of convictions. Residents can also register on an ongoing basis for the Clean Slate Program through Code for America at http://www.clearmyrecord.org.”

“This event helps our community heal and thrive,” conveyed Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks. “We must work to reduce recidivism and assist individuals in navigating the criminal justice system.”

https://eastcountytoday.net/contra-costa-county-clean-slate-day-set-for-may-19-in-antioch/

Mrs T May 17, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Uh…no. I think criminals are already getting enough breaks!

Atticus Thraxx May 17, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Makes utter and complete sense. Folks with a minor criminal past, I want them to get traction. Strange to me people would have a problem with this.

EastBayJen May 17, 2018 at 10:59 PM

Well…maybe the government can also start wiping all our back taxes clean. Maybe spouses can get all that past due alimony wiped clean too. Don’t forget the poor men and women who owe tons of child support.They can use a hand or two! Maybe my credit card will make my balance 0. Maybe the hospital bills will just disappear! Why not? If people who commit crimes deserve to get their slates clean, what about the rest of us who don’t break the law and actually pay taxes to chase after these procrastinating criminals, petty or major.

People can change. Totally believe it, but just like a spoiled child who gets off easy And does the same dang thing again, so are people that are willing to break the dang law, minor or major! Make them work it off community service instead of erasing their crime AT LEAST!!!!

Bob May 17, 2018 at 11:06 PM

Vote Graves

Oracle May 18, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Wow. Im guessing it would only be those with “minor” convictions but I still think the idea is a little ridiculous.

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