Criminal Law: Criminal Records

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  • Learn about Criminal Records in Georgia

    A criminal record can keep you from getting a job and housing and can affect you in many other ways. There are two kinds of ways to deal with your criminal record in Georgia: 1) Criminal records restrictions ("expungement") and 2) pardon. If you have a felony conviction in Georgia, you cannot get it restricted from your criminal history, no matter how much time has passed. You may, however, be eligible for a pardon. The law on expungement in Georgia has recently changed but is still one of the most restrictive in the country. Expungement is permitted only when charges are dismissed or are not prosecuted, or the individual was convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses before they were 21 years old. Content Detail

    Georgia Justice Project
  • Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know

    The new brochure, Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know, offers nuts-and-bolts guidance from the two agencies when employers consider the background of applicants and employees in hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment. > Questions About Your Background > Background Reports > If the Employer Finds Something Negative in Your Background > Where to Go For Help Content Detail

    Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Why Clear Your Criminal Record

    If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, your criminal record is likely to be stored in a national or state database. The Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) keeps a record of all of your arrests or convictions in the state of Georgia. Often employers require a GCIC report to get a job. Public agencies may also require a GCIC report to get and keep public benefits. For these reasons, it is important that this report be accurate and reflects only the criminal history that is required by law. Content Detail

    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
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  • Getting Your Criminal History Records

    This web page answers common questions about criminal history records, such as: (1) How can I obtain a copy of my Georgia criminal history record? (2) What information is contained in a Georgia criminal history record? (3) Can I obtain a Georgia criminal history record of another person? (4) How do I obtain a Georgia criminal history record check from GCIC for employment, licensing, or visa (travel) purposes? (5) How do I request a correction or update of my Georgia criminal history record? (6) How do I contest the information contained in my Georgia criminal history record if it is inaccurate or if my identity has been used in another individual's criminal history record? Content Detail

    Georgia Bureau of Investigation