Restricting Access Or Sealing Your Criminal Record
The state of Georgia has a legal process that allows you to remove arrests from your criminal history under certain situations. This process used to be called expungement; it is now called record restriction. You may also be eligible to have the clerk’s file in the county where your case resolved “sealed,” which means to restrict the public from accessing the physical clerk’s file and the online county webpage.
If you are applying for college, applying for new employment or even submitting a rental application, you want your record to be as clean as the law allows to give you the best chance to succeed.
Eligibility For Record Restriction Or Sealing In Georgia
Record restriction for specific arrests and the ability to seal the clerk’s file may be available under the following circumstances:
- Acquittal after a jury trial
- No charges were filed after your arrest
- Successful completion of a drug court mental health program
- Successful completion of a diversion program
- Successful completion of first-offender or conditional discharge probation
There are exceptions that limit eligibility involving convictions on your record prior to and following the arrest or conviction that you are trying to get restricted or sealed. To understand how exceptions might affect your ability to get part of your record restricted, it’s best to consult with an attorney you can trust.