BUSHWICK — Clear any outstanding summonses or arrest warrants you may have for minor offenses like disorderly conduct, drinking in public, loitering, spitting or littering this weekend at a pop-up court room at a church in the neighborhood.
This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Brooklyn District Attorney's office is hosting "Begin Again" at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church (1405 Bushwick Ave.), where a judge and lawyers will be on hand to help you deal with any low-level summons, as well as arrest warrants that stem from minor offenses.
"We have helped thousands of New Yorkers and resolved many outstanding summonses," said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. "We are committed to giving the people of Brooklyn a new start and doing all that we can to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities that we serve.”
Begin Again launched last year and has had iterations in Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York. Around 2,400 New Yorkers showed up, clearing 1,600 open arrest warrants, according to the DA's office.
Anyone with New York City issued summonses can attend. You don't have to live in Brooklyn and the summons does not have to have been issued in the borough.
Other minor offenses like biking on the sidewalk, loitering, trespassing, walking an unleashed dog and public urination can be dealt with.
If you have any questions whether your summons qualifies visit the website, where you'll find a list of frequently asked questions, or call their hotline (718-250-3888).