At Manning Peace, LLC, we are committed to making sure you have the best defense possible when it comes to criminal charges. You have a right to keep your record clean or as clean as possible. Having a fraudulent or overbearing conviction on your record can sink your chances at employment and it can make working in Georgia a particular hassle.
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute details statistics regarding the kind of impact that felony records have on a person and how increased access to record sealing and restrictions can assist in future prospects. Returning citizens see a 15% unemployment rate–about five times the statewide average. Nearly 600,000 Georgians live with a felony conviction while half of the state has a record of some kind. Present Georgia law has a narrow window of accepting record restriction that include:
- Having since completed a criminal sentence
- Having arrests that did not lead to conviction
- Being considered and youthful offender when convicted
If in doubt, there are people out there who may be able to help point you in the right direction for record restriction.
Having a clean slate is a clear edge in regards to employment and more. And though the GBPI offers policy solutions such as implementing automatic record expunging, allowing individuals to report on sealed convictions and expanding record restrictions to certain felonies, it is important to keep up to date on how Georgia stands in today’s courts. Your rights as a citizen are important from misdemeanors to felonies. For a more secure financial future, it can be vital to ensure that your slate remains cleans or, if possible, becomes clean again.