Obtaining Criminal History Record Information FAQ's
How can I obtain a copy of my Georgia criminal history record? Georgia criminal history records can be obtained from the Lamar County Sheriff's Office Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. for a fee of $20.00. Individuals must appear personally at the Sheriff's Office, present photo identification and complete and sign a consent form. What information is contained in a Georgia criminal history record? The criminal history record includes the subject’s identification data, arrest data (including arresting agency, date of arrest, and charges), final judicial disposition data submitted by a court, prosecutor or other criminal justice agency; and custody information if the offender was incarcerated in a Georgia correctional facility.
Attention Applicant: The following is an explanation of the process and procedure for requesting a record restriction.Any and all fees associated with your Request are your responsibility. For arrests prior to July 1, 2013:
Step One – The Clerk of Court: A certified copy showing the disposition on each charge you wish to have restricted must be attached to the Request.This disposition may be in the form of a Sentence Order, No-billed indictment, or a copy of the grand jury book showing such charge(s) were not presented.There may be other forms of disposition depending on the Court.Furthermore, you must find out which court has this documentation, not all cases are prosecuted in Superior Court.A fee may be assessed for the production and certification of the copies you request.This is all your responsibility. Step Two – The Sheriff’s Office: You must obtain a form entitled Request to Restrict Arrest Record from the Sheriff’s Office.This form must be filled out in detail.If the Sheriff’s Office was your arresting agency then you must request a copy of the incident report to accompany the Request.If another agency was your arresting agency, then you must obtain the incident report from that agency.Also, the Sheriff’s Office will request a criminal history on you.This must also accompany your Request.A fee for this may be assessed by the original agency not to exceed $25.00.Failure to provide all necessary documentation will result in the Request being returned to you. Step Three – District Attorney’s Office: The completed request will be then be submitted to the District Attorney for review.The District Attorney follows the expungement statute, OCGA 35-3-37.It takes time for the District Attorney’s Office to review a request; typically a request will be recommended for approval or denial within 30 days.If your request is denied, then you may appeal to the Superior Court; however, this should be done with the help of a lawyer and in a timely manner, refer to the statute. Step Four – Georgia Crime Information Center: Once the recommendation of the District Attorney’s Office is made, the Request will be returned to the Sheriff’s Office.The Sheriff’s Office will then return the completed paperwork to the individual. It is the responsibility of the individual to forward the request to the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) with an additional $25.00 processing fee.GCIC is responsible for keeping criminal history information.GCIC does not notify you of the action taken; you may request another copy of your criminal history from the Sheriff’s Office or you may call 404-244-2639 if you have questions concerning your updated history.You should be aware this process takes time.Therefore, you should no expect results until after 90 days have passed from the date of your submission.
Should you require more information than this, you should contact a lawyer and seek his/her assistance in the matter.You should also keep a copy of your paperwork.
You should also be aware that guilty pleas, pleas of nolo, pleas under the 1st offender act, Alford pleas, and convictions will NOT generally be recommended for expungement approval by the District Attorney’s Office.