What is House Bill 981?

Brings Georgia in line with the majority of the other states — allowing non-violent offenders who have completed their sentences with no additional arrests or convictions (five years after their successful sentence completion) an opportunity to clear their criminal record in hopes of gaining employment.

How can you get your record restricted?

Felony and misdemeanor offenders who have completed their sentence and have not been arrested or convicted for five years after the completion of their sentence and —

• have not been convicted of a crime that could result in incarceration for more than 10 years,
• have not been convicted of a violent crime or crime involving family violence,
• have not been convicted of the list of prohibited crimes such as child molestation, sexual assault, pimping and similar crimes.

What are the limitations?

A person may only get one felony record restriction and three misdemeanor record restrictions in a lifetime.