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Sheriff partners with Magistrates and offers FRESH START‏
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that beginning today, until Friday March 30, the phone lines are open to provide you a chance to get a Fresh Start.

Sheriff Leon Lott states that on April 2 and 3, 2012 a “Fresh Start” will be offered to those currently running from the law, who have outstanding non-violent magistrate level offenses. The Sheriff adds that is an effort to provide individuals a positive opportunity to take responsibility for their past actions by clearing any outstanding traffic or magistrate level warrants.

Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to partner with the Richland County Magistrates for the second time – in last years three day Fresh Start, held in July, 373 warrants were cleared.

Sheriff Leon Lott states that Fresh Start will give persons a chance to walk in, immediately appear before a judge, adjudicate their warrants and begin a fresh start -- Anyone with existing traffic court or magistrate level warrants that can be adjudicated with the payment of a fine will have the opportunely to arrange a payment program with the court.

The Sheriff believes strongly that everyone should be held responsible for their actions. However, sometimes it is important to give people a second chance and for law enforcement to provide an opportunity for a fresh new beginning. Sheriff Leon Lott wants everyone to know that if you run from the law you will be found and brought to justice – so take this opportunity to take responsibility and to get a new lease on life.

“Fresh Start” will be conducted on April 2nd and 3rd at 1400 Huger Street, Central Traffic Court.

Persons interested in participating in this program need only to call 803-576-3167 or 803-576-3042 to be scheduled for this event. Calling ahead will give persons an opportunity to talk to an officer and learn more about their case. Anyone with outstanding cases will be able to schedule an appointment to see the judge.

Citizens can access important information about crime prevention, free safety training and community resources at: www.rcsd.net

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