Expungements

DeKalb County Expungement Attorney

Are You Eligible to Seek Expungement in Atlanta and DeKalb County?

Expungement paperwork and scaleThere are many factors taken into consideration when attempting to have a criminal record expunged in Georgia.

Some of the criteria that allows for eligibility are when you:

  • Can prove that your record is not accurate
  • Have no charges pending against you and have not been charged for any other offense in the past 5 years
  • Were released by the arresting agency without being prosecuted or the charges were dismissed
  • Were charged as a juvenile

However, there are many exceptions to these conditions. You may not be able to pursue an expungement if:

  • You entered into a plea agreement for the offense
  • The government or a material witness was kept from introducing evidence or testifying
  • The court decided not to pursue charges to preserve judicial resources
  • You have a pattern of criminal activity
  • The offense was a DUI, sex crime, or traffic infraction

How Long Does It Take to Get a Record Expunged in Georgia?

It can take up to 150 days for your record to be expunged in Georgia. You must also follow the process:

  • Ask law enforcement for requirements to restrict the record

  • Submit the applications and other documents

  • Within 30 days of receiving the application, the arresting agency must forward the application to the prosecuting attorney’s office to verify that charges qualify for restriction

  • Within 90 days of receipt from the arresting agency, the prosecuting attorney will decide whether the record will be expunged.

Does a Felony Ever Go Away?

A felony can go away from your record through expungement. Felonies are usually the most serious and violent crimes. Felonies include murder, arson, armed robbery, fraud, etc. Depending on the felony, the expungement process can vary from 4 - 7 years. A felony can take up to 4 years for it to be expunged from your records, while sex-related felonies and serious violent felonies can take up to 7 years.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record in Georgia

The first step is to complete Section One of the three-paged Georgia Request for Expungement form. Next, the form must be taken to the arresting agency who completes Section Two. Lastly, the prosecutor either approves or denies the request in Section Three.

If your request for expungement is approved:

  • Records will be erased from the arresting agency's database
  • Fingerprint cards, photographs, and any documents that relate solely to you will be destroyed
  • Things that cannot be physically destroyed or that must be retained for other reasons will be held on restricted access

Fulton County Criminal Defense Representation

If your record is expunged, you are legally able to state that you were never convicted of the crime on any application for employment, license, or other civil rights or privileges. This can have a radical and life-changing impact on your future pursuits.

The former elected District Attorney Robert James has the experience necessary to provide professional counsel during this complicated process and help you walk through the steps. He is backed by the resources and legal team needed to take on tough cases.

Call our DeKalb County expungement lawyer today to arrange a free consultation at (404) 620-6110! We are here to help.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Won millions of dollars for personal injury and civil rights clients
  • Former Elected District Attorney of DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Seasoned trial attorneys with experience handling complex and high-profile cases
  • High profile civil rights attorney and U.S. Airforce combat veteran
  • We don’t get paid unless we recover money for you.
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