Fulton County Expungement Lawyer
A criminal record can severely negative impact a person’s life – it can prevent a person from getting or maintaining a job, obtaining housing, getting financing, or furthering an education. These consequences come with high costs. However, there are ways under Georgia law to limit the impact of a criminal record so that you can move on with your life and achieve the goals you have set for yourself and your family.
The process of restricting access to your criminal record is complicated and time-consuming, and an experienced attorney at Hawkins Spizman can help. A Fulton County expungement lawyer can be a vital ally in your mission to limit access to your criminal record. They can assess whether you might be eligible, they can help you navigate the rules, and can prepare and submit all relevant documentation. Schedule a consultation today to get started.
How Expungement Works and its Benefits
While the term “expungement” may conjure up the idea of a full wipe of one’s criminal records, that is not typically the case in any jurisdiction. Judicial officials and law enforcement agencies for enforcement, investigation, or employment still have access to the records, but they will not be disclosed to any private persons, businesses, or non-government entities.
A person can generally have their criminal record expunged or restricted if they were arrested but were released without formal charges being brought in court or if charges were filed, but were dismissed, subject to certain exceptions. If a person is convicted for a crime, they generally are not able to obtain expungement for such records. There also may be different rules that apply depending on when the arrest took place. There are separate processes for adult and juvenile records. An attorney familiar with the process can discuss the details of expungement and whether a person’s specific situation qualifies under the law.
There are certain required procedures to seek expungement of arrest records, including obtaining permission by the arresting agency, the prosecuting attorney, and other government authorities. If a person meets the qualifications for expungement, they must complete and file a request with the government, which starts the process. The process for seeking expungement is time-intensive and complex, and a local attorney can help you complete all necessary documents and can coordinate with the appropriate agencies to try to expedite the process.
Primary Benefits of Expungement of Criminal Records
The primary benefit of obtaining an expungement of a criminal record is to have those records become inaccessible to the general public and to allow a person to legally deny or choose not to disclose that they have a criminal record. Once an expungement has been obtained, the arrest records will generally not be visible to people or private businesses and many government agencies. Some of the additional benefits include:
- Passing background check for jobs or housing
- Applications for education or loans that ask about criminal records
- Retaining a professional certificate or license
- Positive impact on credit score
- Protect privacy and impact on relationships with family and community
There are situations where a person may be required to reveal expunged records, including when applying for a job with certain government agencies.
Consult with a Fulton County Expungement Attorney Today
You want to get your life on track, but your arrest record keeps getting in the way. While not easy, there is a process in Georgia to have your arrest record expunged so that prior arrests will not be visible to most people, businesses, and agencies. Reach out to a Fulton County expungement lawyer today to discuss your situation and the next steps for clearing your reputation.