Do I Need an Attorney to Expunge My Criminal Record in Georgia?
UPDATED: March 10, 2020
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Georgia expungements can be filed without an attorney, but the complexity of the rules and the In some instances, however, you may decide that it's important to have an attorney to help you get the forms filed correctly, as well as answer any other questions you might have about the process. Different counties in Georgia may have different rules on the automatic expungement of juvenile records, and for the paperwork requirements of the Request for Expungement itself. If you're unsure about these rules, you can either check with the clerk of the court in that county, or ask your attorney.
Also, if you're confused about the requirements for getting a Georgia expungement, and about what happens if your application is denied, contact an experienced Georgia criminal attorney who can be your representative in discussions with the arresting agency, the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and even court staff.
In general, the more important it is to you to successfully remove this criminal record from your public record, the more important it will be to hire an attorney. If you're reading this article, you may already be familiar with the havoc that a criminal record can wreak on many areas in your life, including finding a job, getting a promotion, finding an apartment or getting a mortgage, and having access to student loans and scholarships.
The process is not without costs whether you use an attorney or not, so ask yourself: what exactly are you trying to achieve by pursuing an expungement of your record? What specific benefits are you trying to enable? Or maybe what specific risks or consequences are you trying to avoid? And are any of the answers to those questions critically important to your happiness and your life being on the track that you want it? If the answer is no, then don't hire an attorney. Consider some more research into the statutes; seek out personal stories about criminal record expungements, and identify whether and how an expungement will benefit you.
But if the answer is yes, then seek a consult with a qualified attorney.
For more information on Georgia criminal history record expungements, see the following articles:
- Overview of Georgia Criminal History Record Expungement
- Expunging/Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Georgia – Eligibility
- Process for Expunging Adult Criminal Records in Georgia
- Expunging Juvenile Adjudication Records in Georgia