If you have a criminal record and are looking for a clean slate, then it may be beneficial to get an expungement of your records. Through this process, you will have a clean record for all non-criminal justice purposes, which could increase your chances of getting a better job, obtaining your license and creating a better life in general. Though the process in Georgia can be a bit strenuous, there are a few things you should know about the filing procedure to help your case.
There are two different ways that you can apply for an expungement of your criminal judgment. Which method you use depends upon the date that the arrest occurred. If the arrest was after July 1, 2013, the process is quite simple. You can actually request that the court expunges your record during sentencing, and if the prosecution agrees, a notation is made in the documents that the court receives. However, if your arrest occurred before July 1, 2013, there is a longer process. You must apply for the expungement at the office of the arresting agency by getting the request form completed.
You must complete the first section, the arresting agency must complete the second and the prosecutor must complete the third. Once it is complete, the prosecutor must submit it through a database run by the Georgia Criminal Information Center, and once they grant the restriction, the arresting agency notifies you. If by chance the prosecutor is unable to submit your information through the database, you will receive your application back from the arresting agency and must present it to the GCIC yourself.
Either way, getting an expungement on your record takes a particular process, and having the right attorney by your side can help make the experience easier. Take the time to do your research and select the right representation to meet your needs.