There is a law passed in Georgia (sb 367) on google that helps sealing court records for first offender.
It also says:
"In addition, the probation officer must terminate pay-only probation within 30 days of the full payment of the probationer's fines and statutory charges. A court may also discharge probation when he determines it is in the best interests of justice"
I am made non reporting on first offender. I am on probation for last 3 years out of 5 years. Does this mean I am automatically discharged and file for sealing my record. Not sure if this law means all records are sealed once probation done successfully
On a first offender probation that is successfully completed is sealed at the end of the sentence. There is no automatic termination of a sentence. If a Judge orders you to be supervised for five years then the sentence five years. For most probationers if you are in compliance for two years and all conditions are completed they put you on nonreport or would have to show why you cannot go to nonreport. If you want early discharge of the first offender you will have to hire a lawyer and file a motion.
To end your probation early, you might want an attorney that can present/argue your cause, your good reason, and file the proper motion.
The "pay-only probation" provision does not apply to you. New laws do require courts to seal first offenders who have successfully completed without violations. However, it is always a good idea to have an attorney file a motion to seal with the court - this is one of the sloppiest portions of the law and there is a lot of confusion with the clerks about what they are required to do. You should do that after your probation is closed and you complete first offender. As far as getting off early, it is important to note that you can not just automatically get off probation by finishing your fines/community service/etc. if you are interested, you can hire an attorney to file a motion and ask the court to terminate probation early. However, it can be difficult - as the whole point of first offender is to hold a potential felony conviction over your head to make sure you don't violate your probation for the entire period. Judges want to see you finish generally before they give you the benefit of not counting it as a conviction. It is possible, but it would depend on your particular judge and how compelling your reason is to need to get off early.
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