What does it mean if my GCIC shows that a charge is “time expired”?
If your GCIC shows a charge is “time-expired”, that means that GCIC has restricted it because no outcome was reported by the court clerk or arresting agency or the disposition is missing.
Georgia law says that if no disposition was reported for a charge after a certain period of time, GCIC must restrict the charge.
Time expired restrictions occur when a disposition has not been entered for a particular case within a certain amount of time. After that time, GCIC will restrict the charge. The time period that must pass for this restriction to be entered depends on the severity of the offense.
Information not being entered happens a lot. Thankfully, the default is to restrict that charge if no outcome is reported.
This is not a permanent record restriction though – the clerk could update the outcome at any time and unrestrict it – and the charge might show up on private background checks that get their information directly from the courthouse.
The best thing to do if you have a record that is “time-expired” is to determine the true outcome of the case and ask the court clerk to update the record. If the charge is eligible for restriction, you can then go forward and request a permanent restriction and seal the court record if necessary.
Time-expired restrictions are a problem for people applying for a pardon. The Board of Pardons and Paroles requires dispositions for any charge that shows up as “time expired” on someone’s GCIC before they will consider the pardon application.
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