The new Georgia law will take effect on January 1st, 2021. It will allow thousands of people to gain access to housing, employment, and schooling through restricting their records.
The new law expands on the previous law. It allows for record restrictions and Clerk of Court Records sealing for certain misdemeanor defenses if you have not been convicted for any other charges since.
You can apply to have your records restricted if it has been four years since you have completed your sentence or if the misdemeanor must have taken place before your 21st birthday.
However, some misdemeanors do not qualify for record restrictions. A few examples include: