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Restriction/Expungement of Arrests on a Georgia Criminal History


This video is about requests to restrict or expunge arrest records.

People who qualify for this type of an expungement are people who had a case where their case was dismissed and there is still a record showing up of that arrest on their case, on their official Georgia criminal history. The thing to understand with this is that what is supposed to happen for arrests after July 1, 2013 is they’re supposed to be automatically restricted, though some agencies are failing to do that. So it’s always good to check your criminal history when you deal with a case to make sure that it’s not inappropriately showing up there. But if you have an arrest that’s showing up when it’s not supposed to be, either because it was after July 1, 2013 or you had an arrest before July 1, 2013 where the case was dismissed, you would qualify for a restriction.

And the restriction process is not an overly complicated one, though sometimes people make mistakes when they try to do it themselves. Basically it’s a process where a form needs to be filled out accurately. That’s available from the GBI. It needs to go through the arresting agency. It needs to go through the prosecutor’s office. And then it needs to be sent to the GBI. And the places that I’ve seen individuals have problems with this is making sure that the form is filled out accurately in regards to some of the legal details that are required and then making sure that it gets from each place that it’s supposed to be to the next place and that it properly gets submitted and completed and forwarded to the GBI from there. If you would like some help in trying to get a restriction done for an arrest record, please call our office at 770-720-6336 or visit our website at

I’m Paul Ghanouni from the Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm. If you like the information that we have in our videos here, please share it and like it and let other people know about us. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a booking?
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After an arrest, you will be taken to a police station where you are “booked.” A booking refers to the process of officially entering your arrest in the police records. You will be asked your name, date of birth and address. You will be searched, fingerprinted and photographed. Personal property such as wallet, money and jewelry will be catalogued and stored.

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