Criminal Record Restriction in Georgia
As of 2013, Georgia has made it easier for people with criminal records to move forward with their lives by providing more opportunities for criminal record restriction (previously called expungement). The new law expands the types of crimes that may be restricted from your record. Contact us to learn whether your criminal history may be eligible for record restrictions.
You may be eligible to apply for record restriction of an arrest on your criminal history if:
- You were acquitted after a jury trial.
- Your case was dismissed (nolle prossed) after indictment or accusation.
- You successfully completed a diversion program, conditional discharge probation or first offender probation.
- You successfully completed a drug court or mental health court program.
You may be able to appeal decisions related to your Georgia criminal history if:
- You were denied correction of an error to your criminal history.
- You were denied expungement of your criminal history.
- Your request for record restriction was approved, but your case information still appears on the Clerk Of Court’s website.
While it is not possible to completely delete or clear a criminal record in Georgia, record restriction means only law enforcement and officials in the criminal justice system can see your record — not employers, schools, or landlords.