How a Georgia Expungement Attorney Can Help Your Criminal Record
Having the right legal representation can make all the difference if you are facing a criminal charge in Georgia. An expungement lawyer can support you through the process, help clear your name, and prevent the record from becoming public.
What are the Affects of Having a Criminal Record?
A criminal record can have several negative effects on your personal and professional life:
- Difficulty Finding Employment: Many employers require applicants to undergo a background check, and if you have a criminal record, your employment eligibility can be at stake. Having a criminal record can make it challenging to get hired, especially in jobs that involve handling money, driving, or interacting with children and the elderly. Even if you secure a job, you can be passed over for raises and promotions if your employer finds out about your criminal record later on.
- Problems with Rental Property: A criminal record can negatively affect your ability to rent property. Like employers, many landlords will run a background check on potential tenants, and a criminal record may make them hesitant to let you lease any property. Even if you find an apartment, your landlord may require a higher security deposit or monthly rent or place other restrictions on your tenancy. With the help of an expungement lawyer, your criminal background doesn't have to be a factor standing in the way of your desired housing situation. Once your record is expunged, landlords cannot see the related charge when they run a background check. This will give you a much better chance of securing the rental property that you want.
- Child Custody: If you're separating from a partner and have children together, having a criminal record can impact your ability to continue a relationship with your children. If your partner decides they would like to limit your time with your children, a court will most likely rule in their favor if you have a criminal record.
What is Expungement?
An expungement is a legal process that involves hiding or removing a person's criminal record. In 2015, the Georgia legislature passed a law that allows specific individuals to have their criminal records "restricted." A record restriction helps to hide a person's criminal record.
You should acknowledge that a record restriction or expungement does not make you innocent or erase your charges. It only hides your record, so it is not accessible when people conduct a background check.
Contact a Georgia Expungement Attorney
At The Bullard Firm, we understand that having a criminal record can be a burden, preventing you from getting jobs and housing and affecting your relationships. We are committed to doing everything possible to help you clear your record so you can move on with your life.
When you need help clearing your criminal record, our Georgia expungement lawyers can help. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.