If you successfully completed your first offender probation, and the judge signed a discharge order, you do not need to reinstate your rights, because you've not been convicted of a felony.
It SHOULD happen automatically, if your probation officer prepared a discharge, the judge signed the discharge, the judge filed the discharge, the clerk sent the discharge to the GBI, and the GBI employee updated your criminal history.
So yes, if all government employees did what they are supposed to do, then it should happen automatically. Because government employees always do what they are supposed to do, right?
You should not have to do anything to "reinstate your rights" because if you successfully completed your First Offender - you were NEVER CONVICTED. Successfully Completed - means that you completed ALL of your probation requirements, the court checked your criminal history to make sure you had not been charged with any new crimes and the Judge signed the First offender Discharge of your case. If this was done then you would have never been convicted of a crime and your rights should not have been affected. I hope this information is helpful to you.
George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -
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