I was on First Offenders in 09' and I violated but was reinstated. I finished the probation in 14 without having a revocation hearing, but while I was on probation for FO, I was convicted in 2012 in another county. I was never violated by the P.O., never had a revocation hearing or anything. I continued paying Fulton my probation fees and all (I was on non reporting), but I am aware that GCIC is supposed to immediately turn FO to conviction if you are convicted of anything else while on probation. I called Fulton County Probation in 14' and they stated that because of the other case I caught (other county), that they would not grant FO release, which I expected. I did a background check on myself through GCIC website last year, and the FO Conviction does not show on my rap sheet though it does show in county clerk. The only conviction that shows is the one from the other county (ended 17'), for which I am about to ask for a pardon w/exception to the 5 year rule for educational/occupational reasons, (I have attained an undergrad degree and am interested in law school). Should I ask for a pardon for both cases? If I do, could that alert GCIC into adding that felony to my rap sheet?
PO is giving you bad information. The First Offender remains intact as long as you were not taken back to court and had the status revoked. Just because you had a new arrest and conviction does not mean you lost first offender status. You should be petitioning GCIC to correct your history to show first offender successfully completed.
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