In Georgia, under some circumstances, you may be able to have a criminal record expunged, which means that some records are destroyed and others are restricted from disclosure.
You may be eligible for expungement if:
* Charges against you have been disposed of without a conviction and you have not been convicted of a crime in the past five years, or
* You have a juvenile record, but you were not adjudicated delinquent.
If you are eligible for expungement, you may make a written request to the proper law enforcement agency. If approved by the local arresting agency, and the appropriate prosecutor, the arrest cycle is sealed on the Georgia criminal history report by the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC). Access to that arrest information is restricted to criminal justice agencies only. The arrest is expunged in its entirety from the FBI criminal history record.
The following are examples of final court dispositions that may qualify: Dismissed; Not Presented to Grand Jury; No Further Action Anticipated; Nolle Prossed/Prosequi; Dead Docket; or No Record on File. All applications must be approved or denied by the appropriate prosecutor.
To apply for the local record expungement, download and complete this form or contact the arresting law enforcement agency to obtain an application for Local Record Expungement. The request for expungement form is a three-part form:
* Section One - You will complete Section One and return to the arresting agency.
* Section Two - Completed by the arresting agency that forwards the request to the appropriate prosecutor (District Attorney or Solicitor).
* Section Three - Completed by the prosecutor who will approve or deny the request.
* Once the prosecutor completes their portion, they will forward the complete form to GCIC.
There is a fee for this service. If the agency denies your request, you may challenge that decision in court.