How Record Restriction Works

Record restriction (previously called expungement) means that aspects of your criminal history become unavailable to the public and can only be accessed by law enforcement. After your record is restricted, a potential employer would not be able to view your criminal history. However, if you are later charged with a different crime, officers of the law may review your full record.

Some records are eligible for restriction, and some are not. Most felony convictions are not eligible, but an arrest for a felony charge that was not referred for prosecution may be.

Record restriction for eligible records happens automatically if you were arrested after July 1, 2013:

Some drug charges may be restricted after five years if you complete a drug court program. For arrests before July 1, 2013, you must apply for record restriction.

How We Can Help

Depending on your record, your case’s final disposition, and various other factors, record restriction can be complicated. Our Cumming criminal defense attorneys understands the impact your record has on your life. We can advise you of your options, walk you through the process, and even file petitions for restriction for you.

Contact our offices at (770) 574-6688or our 24/7 criminal defense line at (678) 831-5855 to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney today.

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