About Us

Professional and Experienced Attorney

About Us

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!

15 Years of Experience

With over fifteen years of courtroom experience.

Defining Success

The hallmark of our practice is client communication.


Ready to Move forward & forget the past?

Your record may have several or just one charge on it. The first thing Attorney Karen Shelley does is request the GCIC “official record” and determine what charges are eligible to be restricted and sealed. Each person’s record may require just one or a combination of the following services:

Misdemeanor Conviction Restricting and Sealing


Felony "Retroactive First Offender" Convictions, Restricting and Sealing


Felony Conviction Pardon Applications, Restricting and Sealing


Nolle Prosse / Dismissal / Dead Docket Restricting and Sealing


First Offender Restriction and Sealing


Conditional Discharge Restriction and Sealing

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.

Contact Us Now

book an online appointment with our intake team here. Feel free to email [email protected] anytime.