February 1, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 2nd Street, together with Community Legal Aid and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, will hold a free clinic on how to seal or expunge a criminal record on Friday, Feb. 10 from 1:30-3 pm.
The clinic will be held at the 2nd Street offices, located at 264 Second Street, Pittsfield. Private consultations will be available.
The clinic is designed for those who have either never been found guilty of a charge or who have fulfilled the requirements of a guilty plea or verdict. Such persons often have difficulty finding or keeping housing or employment due to their Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), which landlords and employers commonly use for background checks. Legal experts will be on hand to help decode CORI and determine if eligible charges may be sealed or expunged.
Community Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts. The Committee for Public Counsel Services provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases.