Georgia Georgia

Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in Georgia. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice. Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information. Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview Most juvenile records can be sealed.

  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty) of a juvenile offense, your record can be sealed two years after your discharge. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
 
  • If you have a juvenile record for a sex-related offense because you were a victim of human trafficking, your record can be sealed at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
 
  • If you successfully complete informal adjustment, mediation, or another non-adjudicatory procedure, your record should be sealed immediately. This should be done automatically; you should not have to do anything to get the record sealed.
 
  • If you were charged with a juvenile offense but the court dismissed the charges, your record should be sealed immediately. This should be done automatically; you should not have to do anything to get the record sealed.
  If you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record, you may not be eligible to have your record sealed.   Find a Lawyer If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.   Court Forms and Resources If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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Records maintained by the court clerk can be sealed by the court following the restriction of the criminal history information by the Georgia Crime Information Center. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(m)(1). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a conviction that was vacated or reversed can be restricted by the court if the prosecuting attorney does not retry case within two years of the final order vacating or reversing the conviction. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(j)(2). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a misdemeanor or series of misdemeanors arising from a single incident can be restricted by the court five years after sentence completion if the defendant was a youthful offender as defined in section 35-3-37(10) and has not been arrested for at least five years, excluding arrests for non-serious traffic offenses. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(j)(4)(A).
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Records relating to a conviction of a person who was not informed of first offender treatment pursuant to 42-8-60, but would have been eligible, can be restricted if the court grants the petition for retroactive exoneration and discharge. Ga. Code Ann. § 42-8-66.
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Records of a first-offense underage alcohol case dismissed following the successful completion of pre-adjudication probation are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(2)(C). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)  

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Records relating to a case dismissed or nolle prossed following successful completion of a drug court treatment program, mental health treatment program, or veterans treatment program are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center if the defendant was not arrested during the program, excluding a non-serious traffic offense. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(2)(D). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a first-offense controlled substance possession or related nonviolent property crime dismissed following successful completion of pre-adjudication probation are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(2)(B).
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Records relating to a first offender case can be ordered restricted by the court at sentencing or during the term of a sentence imposed before July 1, 2016. Ga. Code Ann. §42-8-62.1(b).
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Records relating to a first offender case, which were previously restricted, can be sealed by the court at any time. Ga. Code Ann. §42-8-62.1(c).
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Records of an arrest for which no indictment, accusation, or charge was filed are restricted if the case is closed by the arresting law enforcement agency and never referred for prosecution. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(1)(A)(i). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of an arrest for a misdemeanor or a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center two years after arrest if, in that time, the case is not transferred or referred for prosecution or the grand jury returns a no bill without further action. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(1)(A)(ii)(I).
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Records of an arrest for a felony, other than a serious violent felony or a felony sexual offense against a person under age 16, are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center four years after arrest if, in that time, the case is not transferred or referred for prosecution or the grand jury returns a no bill without further action. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(1)(A)(ii)(II).
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Records of an arrest for a serious violent felony or a felony sexual offense against a person under age 16 are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center seven years after arrest if, in that time, the case is not transferred or referred for prosecution or the grand jury returns a no bill without further action. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(1)(A)(ii)(III). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)  

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Records relating to an arrest where the accusation or indictment is followed by dismissal or nolle prosequi are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center, so long as all criteria are met. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(2)(A), (E).
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Records relating to an arrest resulting in an acquittal are restricted by the Georgia Crime Information Center, unless the prosecuting attorney demonstrates to the trial court that the harm inflicted upon the individual is clearly outweighed by the public interest in the records being publicly available. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(h)(2)(E).
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Records relating to a case that has been on the dead docket for more than 12 months can be restricted. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(j)(3).
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Records relating to a felony arrest that was dismissed, nolle prossed, or for which the petitioner was found not guilty but was convicted of a misdemeanor offense that was not a lesser included offense of the felony charge, can be restricted by the court within four years of the arrest. Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(j)(1). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to an arrest that did not result in conviction occurring before July 1, 2013 can be restricted by the arresting law enforcement agency if the request meets the criteria set forth in section 35-3-37(h). Ga. Code Ann. § 35-3-37(n). (Cannot link directly to statutes, link takes you to a search feature)

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An adjudication for a sex crime may be vacated if such crime resulted from the petitioner being trafficked for sexual servitude or a victim of sexual exploitation. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-32(d).
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Records relating to charges handled through the completion of informal adjustment, mediation, or other non-adjudicatory procedure or to a delinquency petition that was dismissed will be sealed. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(a).
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Records relating to adjudications for committing a delinquent act can be sealed, so long as two years have passed since the petitioner's final discharge and the court determines that the petitioner has been rehabilitated. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(b). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)  

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Records relating to an adjudication for a sex crime can be sealed if such crime resulted from the petitioner being trafficked for sexual servitude or a victim of sexual exploitation. Ga. Code Ann. § 15-11-701(b).
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