Record Restriction

Millions of Georgians with criminal histories will now be able to get a second chance at having a clean record. Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 288 into law on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The legislation will allow individuals to have certain misdemeanors restricted and sealed from their public criminal records, after four years with a clean record. The process is commonly referred to as expungement.

People who have been arrested, but not convicted, for misdemeanors in Athens have a chance to limit who can have access to those records, if they meet certain qualifications.  The Athens-Clarke County government is holding its first Misdemeanor Arrest Record Restriction Event Saturday, October 20 at the Athens Library.   Solicitor General J. R. Chisholm explains the process.