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3 misdemeamors in GA? please help Criminal Records, Expungement

Discussion in 'Criminal Records, Expungement' started by johnsgeorgia, Jul 6, 2003.

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  1. johnsgeorgia

    johnsgeorgia Law Topic Starter New Member

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    In 1993 I was charged felony w/ Marajuana Manufacturing. The charges were dropped to misdemeanor possession and I pleaded no-lo. Almost exactly 1 yr later in 94 or so I was caught with some friends smoking marajuana and although I did not personally have anything illegal on me, the officer had other police witnesses who saw me smoke and I recieved another misdemeanor poss. charge. A few months later in 94' I missed a meeting w/ my probation officer and was charged with another misdemeanor. I realize I broke the law but for the life of me I can't understand how I'm supposed to pay for these minor infractions for the rest of my life. I served time, paid fines, and a successfully completed the Drug and Alcohol awareness programs. I just had a good job offer withdrawn because they found my record and I didn't disclose it on the application because I thought those records were sealed in GA after 7 yrs. Does anyone know if these records are going to show up forever when employers check my background? Any chance of my getting these expunged? How in the hell am I supposed to find a job when any employer that sees my record is going to assume I'm some criminal drug addict, which I most definitely am not. Where do I go from here? Thank you for any helpful responses.
     
  2. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    I am unaware of the law. Perhaps they saw the history, e.g. arrests.

    Eligibility sealing or expungement of records will vary from state to state. Generally, the procedure is as follows:
    • Written application to seal record filed with Court
    • Original sentence must have been served
    • Applicant is facing no new charges
    • Note: The applicant faces the burden to prove that any probation requirements have been fulfilled
    Additional Requirements to Seal or Expunge Records:
    • Most felonies not eligible for expungement
    • Most sex offenses not eligible for sealing
    • Sealing typically applicable to juvenile offenses and or misdemeanors
    • If acquitted (found "not guilty" after trial) you can automatically have records sealed
    • Some states permit a prior sealed conviction to be used in sentencing for repeat offenses
     

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