BETTER UNDERSTANDING RECORD RESTRICTIONS AND HOW TO CORRECT YOUR GEORGIA COMPUTERIZED CRIMINAL HISTORY (GCCH) AND UPDATE YOUR GEORGIA CRIME INFORMATION CENTER (GCIC) REPORT...

Georgia Statute (O.C.G.A. § 42-8-60) is a First Time Offender Act intended to allow "first time offenders" the opportunity to avoid conviction upon completion of certain terms ordered by the Court. When a first offender successfully completes those specific terms, he or she may be discharged under the First Offender Act- allowing the clerk of court to instruct the record be restricted from appearing on a criminal history through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation where each individual's criminal history is stored. Additionally, you may move the Court to seal your record upon discharge, which is an additional step to ensure your criminal case is not accessible to the public. 


Persons who plead guilty to any charge (with the above exception ), regardless of the severity, are not eligible for record restriction. Any conviction will prevent the GCIC from removing your charge.