Record Restriction (Expungement)

What Is A Record Restriction Or Expungement?

The term 'expungement' is often confused with a nonexistent process of sealing or clearing records of a person's entire criminal history. Getting your record expunged for a conviction is not available in Georgia.

Expungement is a pre-2013 term used by the Georgia courts when a person's criminal record information became unavailable to be viewed for all purposes except law enforcement and criminal justice.

As of July 1, 2013, the new term for the process is record restriction. Record restriction is when eligible records of a person's criminal history report are restricted from public view and are only accessible to law enforcement for criminal justice purposes.

William J. Godfrey advises clients who may qualify for record restriction and clears up vague or misleading information a client may have misunderstood prior to meeting with him. Call him at 229-299-5092 or email him to learn more.

Are You Seeking Pardon Of A Felony?

If you were convicted of a felony and have been a law-abiding citizen for at least five years, you may apply for a pardon from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Georgia law applies restrictions to the process, and William J. Godfrey can assist you with petitioning the court for a pardon of a felony.

Restrictions include that your fines and restitution must be paid, you are not on parole or probation and you have no other pending charges.

William J. Godfrey relieves the complexity of the process with key guidance for gathering past criminal records, letters of recommendation, and writing a personal statement. Contact him today.