Professional and Experienced Attorney
Karen Shelley, Esq. has practiced criminal law for fourteen years and has seen how devastating a criminal record can be on her clients and their families.
Our team starts at the beginning, by obtaining a criminal record and conducting an analysis to determine if and how we can assist.
Many misdemeanors and certain felonies qualify for restricting and sealing. If you have been denied access to housing, employment, education or government benefits simply because of a mistake from your past please give us a call. We are excited to help you!
How Do I Clean My Georgia Criminal Record?
Here's What to Do Now
That’s a common question, and we are here to help you understand. The database of criminal records is called the “GCIC” and is maintained by Georgia Bureau of Investigations. That’s where any fingerprintable arrests and conviction records are housed.
STEP 1 Restriction
A Georgia criminal record is also available within of Georgia’s County Clerk’s Offices in which a person had a case(s). Private background companies typically use the clerk’s offices to pull your data along with the GCIC information.
STEP 2 Sealing
To make sure that neither the GCIC or the Clerk’s office is allowing access to your record, the arrests, convictions, dismissals, felonies and misdemeanors need to be RESTRICTED and SEALED. This used to be called “expungement”.
Even though access to your GCIC may have been restricted, private background check companies pull information from the court records. The court records need to be sealed, which is an additional step.
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