Restricting Court Records in a Georgia Criminal Case
This video is about restricting or sealing your court records in a criminal case in Georgia. One of the most common areas that people will go check outside of a person’s official criminal history for records of somebody who’s getting in trouble with the law is those records stored at a local court house in the counties where the person lived or the counties around where the person lived. If you were involved with the law, and you’ve had a case where your case was dismissed, you completed a mental health court, a drug court, or a veteran’s court, which resulted in your case being dismissed, or if you plead guilty under conditional discharge, which is like a first defender type program for drug cases, and you successfully completed it, meaning your case is ultimately dismissed, there’s an option available to you to have your court record sealed.
So those options are available for individuals who had their cases dismissed through some of these methods. There are some other methods that can lead to a restriction as well, but those are the most common ones that individuals will see. That process requires filing a petition with the court and seeking to have the court actually seal those records based upon your dismissal as well as some other factors that are considered by the court, which are that the public interest in knowing your case is not outweighed by your privacy interest in having those records sealed.
If you’d like to pursue having a court case sealed in your case to see if you qualify, even if doesn’t fall into one of those categories, give us a call at 770-720-6336 to set up an appointment, or visit our website at www.teenandyoungadultdefense.com for more information. I’m Paul Ghanouni from the Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm. Thank you for watching this video. If you enjoyed the content, please share or like this video, so that other people can see these videos and that you can be up to date on future videos that we put out. Thank you again.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat’s the difference between a police stop and being arrested?
Police may stop and question you, although you have the right to refuse to answer. While a stop detains you for a short time, you are not moved to a different location as with an arrest. In order for police to make an arrest, they must have “probable cause,” which means there must be a reasonable belief a crime was committed and that you were involved in the crime. If the police arrest you, they take you in to custody and you may not leave.
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