REMOVING YOUR FELONY STATUS
Having a felony conviction doesn’t mean that you have to remain a felon for the rest of your life.
The First Offender Act is one of those rare statutes to come out of the Georgia Capitol that actually helps the individual citizen. It aims to give a person a second chance to set his life straight or, if convicted of a nonsense felony charge like Terroristic Threats, a chance to avoid the government from screwing up your life. The way it works is that you are not actually convicted of the offense if you are able to jump through some hoops that the State provides for you (such as probation and classes). If you complete all of the requirements, then your record is sealed and you can honestly tell people that you have never been convicted of a felony.
But have you already pled guilty to or been convicted of a felony? That doesn’t mean that you can’t use the First Offender Act. Thanks to a recent statute passed in 2015, it is now possible to retroactively apply First Offender status to your felony charge. It’s not easy and it helps to have a prosecutor who is willing to comply, but it can be done.
If you’re in this situation, then give me a call and I’ll let you know what we can do.