Potentially. State law allows some individuals to have certain charges or convictions expunged—or restricted—from their criminal records. This means that, while they'll still be visible to members of law enforcement and others in the judicial system, they won't come up in an employment, housing, or licensing background check. Here's what you need to know about record restriction eligibility, as well as the process, and how our skilled Atlanta criminal defense attorney can help you through it.
Do you and your case meet the criteria for record restriction? In the Peach State, you may be able to have a misdemeanor expunged if:
- You were charged, but not convicted (charges were dropped, dismissed, or you were acquitted at trial)
- You were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, first-time drug possession charges
- You successfully completed probation or a pretrial intervention program
However, there are numerous exceptions. It's important to discuss your case and record expungement eligibility with a knowledgeable and experienced defense lawyer. Your attorney can also help you determine if your record qualifies for automatic restriction (sometimes after a specified time period) or if you'll have to file an action in superior court.
There's Too Much at Stake to Go it Alone
Regardless of whether you made a mistake that landed you on the wrong side of the law or law enforcement had the wrong person in their sights, having an arrest, criminal charge, or conviction on your record can limit your opportunities and be downright embarrassing. Sound familiar? Fortunately, Rechtman and Spevak is here to help you wipe the slate clean. If you're ready to talk about your case, learn your rights, and discuss your options for record restriction, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a private consultation with our lead defense attorney, Dantel D. Ruiz. We look forward to hearing from you and find out how we can assist you.