Being arrested, charged, and/or convicted with a crime is a difficult situation while it lasts, but having a Georgia criminal conviction on your record can have lifelong consequences as well. Your career, credit, and sometimes where you live can all be affected by having a criminal conviction on your record.
A new law effective July 1, 2013, however, will soon change things. Under this new law, your charge would still be viewable by law enforcement and judicial agencies, but not the public. This “restriction” on your criminal record means that future employers, property management companies, and other groups would no longer have access to view your criminal history.
The old law placed the initiative on the individual to have his or her record expunged. Under the new law, the Georgia Crime Information Center, prosecutor, and arresting agency will now take on the responsibility of restricting certain crimes after a certain amount of time has passed.
Not all charges are eligible for records restriction under the new law. A number of conditions must be met in order for the charge to be removed from public view. If you have a criminal charge on your record—whether you were acquitted, convicted, or the charges were dropped—call Statesboro criminal attorney Matt Hube today to see if you are eligible to have your records restricted. A clear record can mean an easier life. Don’t wait; call us today!