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Can Violent Crimes Be Expunged in Georgia?

Being convicted of a violent crime is a serious offense with significant long-term consequences.

Even after time has been served, there are serious long-term consequences for violent crime convictions, such as:

  • Losing the right to vote
  • No possession of firearms
  • Prohibition of practicing certain trades and professions
  • Difficulty finding meaningful employment
  • Difficulty finding a place to live
  • Denied admission to educational institutions

Since life after a felony conviction for a violent crime can feel like an uphill battle, you may wonder whether you can have the charge expunged from your record. Keep reading to learn the answer.

Expunging a Criminal Record

According to the State of Georgia government, “For specific cases in Georgia, you could have the ability to expunge your criminal records from people outside of the judicial branch of government. This basically means certain criminal history records can be restricted for non-criminal justice purposes.”

Before July 1, 2013

If you were arrested before July 1, 2013, you’ll need to do some work to have your record expunged. You’ll need to apply for an expungement at the arresting agency. They may charge a fee, but no more than $50.

When you apply, you’ll need to fill out a form with three sections and have it signed by the appropriate parties.

  • Section 1: Completed by YOU
  • Section 2: Completed by the ARRESTING AGENCY
  • Section 3: Completed by the PROSECUTOR

Once all sections are complete, the prosecutor must file the information in the database utilized by the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC). If the prosecutor can’t upload your information to the database, your application will return to the arresting agency and you’ll need to send the approved application to GCIC on your own along with a $25 processing payment, either by check or money order.

You’ll need to mail your approved application and payment to:

Georgia Crime Information Center

Record Restrictions

P.O. Box 370808

Decatur, GA 30037-0808

You’ll receive an email once the restriction is applied to your criminal history. You can check the status of your application by phoning the service desk at 404-244-2639 or by emailing GACriminalHistory@gbi.ga.gov.

After July 1, 2013

You most likely won’t have to endure an application process if you were arrested after July 1, 2013. The prosecutor can approve the expungement of your records immediately after sentencing. Your approved restriction will be provided in the sentencing documents which are then sent to the court.

We Can Help

If you’ve been injured because you were the victim of a violent crime, we may be able to help you seek the justice you deserve. Our team here at The Abrego Law Firm, LLC is highly experienced in the area of personal injury law and has helped many other people just like you achieve justice. Don’t wait—contact our team with your case right away.

Call The Abrego Law Firm, LLC today at (404) 334-3324 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.

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