Expungement, doing it yourself vs. Hiring an attorney.

Asked 9 months ago - Marietta, GA

I am all set to apply for a proper expungement. I meet the criteria. My question is as follows;

1. Is this a onetime shot, in other words can I do it myself and hire a lawyer if I fail the first time?
2. Will my chances diminish on the second go around?
3. If I do it myself, could the record end up being just restricted vs. expunged. (Assuming I do a poor to average job.)

My lawyer did an Excellent, Excellent job, sadly it’s just too hard to get him on the phone and I need to get moving.

Attorney answers (4)

  1. Ian Zimmerman


    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAW DEGREE. YOU ARE NOT A LAWYER. It bothers me when people try and do things that require a doctorate in law themselves. Hire an attorney for this it is too important to mess up. Do you operate on yourself too?

  2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . If you mess something up you can reapply. An expungement and a restriction are now the same thing in Georgia.

    James L. Yeargan, Jr. is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. All information given is based only on... more
  3. Jeff Krigel

    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . you need a lawyer. It is not worth the risk and you don't even know if you could do a second request for instance.

  4. Robert Jason De Groot


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Set up an appointment with your lawyer for a face to face conference. I cannot answer your separate questions as I do not practice in GA.

    R. Jason de Groot, Esq. We do not have an attorney-client relationship. I am not your lawyer. The statements I... more

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