The First Offender Act is Georgia’s “second chance” law. It allows people who have never been convicted of a felony before to “plea” to a criminal charge but then have it removed from their criminal record if they successfully complete their sentence. The criminal case then becomes a non-conviction, so you could say you were not found guilty of the charges.
You can use First Offender for felonies or for misdemeanors.
To be eligible:
- You have never been convicted of a felony (in any state);
- You have never been sentenced as a First Offender;
- Your charge is not Driving under the Influence (DUI); a crime against law enforcement; a serious violent or sex-related offense
First Offender is a powerful tool for someone that has only one felony or one misdemeanor. See the related post below if you never used your First Offender Act option and you were eligible.
Have a questions about First Offender? Call us to get started on your case today!
- Can I go back and get First Offender Act status in my criminal case if I didn’t get it the first time?
- When can I seal my First Offender case?
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