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Get a Fresh Start: Buncombe Offers Amnesty Day for Misdemeanors, Traffic Citations

It’s a new year, and with it comes the chance to clear up outstanding matters that may be on your criminal record. On Friday, Jan. 25, Buncombe County will offer an Amnesty Day. District Attorney Todd Williams says it’s a great opportunity to remove barriers that might be creating obstacles to moving forward in your life.

Do you have an old warrant or order for arrest related to an outstanding misdemeanor and/or traffic citation that was issued in Buncombe County? If so, you are eligible to see if your case can be reset for hearing and possibly dismissed. Felony charges are not eligible.

And don’t worry, it’s not a trap. “You won’t be arrested,” reassures Williams. “I promise you will leave with either a new court date or on your way to putting the issue behind you.”

Williams says Amnesty Day is part of the County’s overall effort to save taxpayer dollars by unclogging crowded court dockets. At the same time, it leverages diversion opportunities that can make life easier for people with misdemeanors preventing them from moving forward with employment, reinstating a driver’s license, and other issues that may be holding them back.

Who qualifies?

  • Anyone with an old warrant or order for arrest related to an outstanding misdemeanor and/or traffic citation that was issued in Buncombe County.

How does it work?

  • Come to the first floor of the Buncombe County Judicial Complex at 60 Court Plaza on Friday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon. 
  • There will be lawyers and staff on hand to review your case and assist you. 

Even if your case isn’t dismissed, resetting your court date can wipe out potential warrants for arrest that could snowball your legal issues and set you on a downward spiral. Ultimately, we are here to help and it doesn’t hurt to utilize Amnesty Day to get on secure legal standing. Please, come talk with us.   

Amnesty Day is held in collaboration with the Buncombe County Justice Resource Advisory Council (JRAC) and its partners including: District and Superior Court Judges, Clerk of Court, Magistrate, District Attorney, Public and Private Defense, Law Enforcement, Bureau of Identification, Pretrial Services, Community Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization, and representatives from the Office of the County Manager and Board of Commissioners.

To learn about other community resources for people who have been involved with the justice system, visit

When: Friday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon.

Where: First floor of the Buncombe County Judicial Complex, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28801

For more information, you may contact the District Attorney’s Office at (828) 259-3410 or your lawyer.