I have a misdemeanor Simple Battery on my record from 2011 in the state of Georgia (Hall County to be specific) and from the limited amount of internet research I have done I believe I am eligible to have this record restricted as I was under 21 years of age (youthful offender) at the time (19). Is this a simple process or should I consult an attorney? Also, am I correct in thinking this charge is eligible for record restriction? From what I have gathered it is not listed under the "exempted" charges, I was under 21 years of age at the time, and it has now been over 7 years with zero further trouble. I have basically ignored this matter until now but I was recently denied employment due to this and I'd like to move forward with having it taken care of.
You will need an attorney to file a motion and hopefully reach an agreement with prosecutors to get this off your record.
Generally, cases that are closed without convictions are eligible for expungement or record restriction. You must apply to the arresting agency to have your record restricted and pay any necessary fees. You can do it yourself, but I'd suggest hiring an attorney to assist you to ensure that it is done correctly.
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