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Old 06-29-2019, 07:59 PM
 
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I was arrested back in 2002 for simple assault by Lawrenceville Police Department. I was not the aggressor in the incident and was told by the officer because he couldn’t prove who did what, he would have to take both me and my boyfriend at the time to jail. I only spent a few hours in jail and bonded out almost immediately. The case was eventually dismissed, and I was told by my Attorney I did not have to worry about the arrest because the case was dropped. I have been able to get jobs but every time I apply with a company which will allow me to begin a career, I get through the pre-employment process and sometimes offered the position only to have it rescinded once my background comes back. This is frustrating because I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree but that arrest keeps holding me back. What can I do to make sure the next position I apply for won’t see the arrest on my background? I really need some help or guidance. That arrest has caused me to lose out on a lot of great opportunities over the last 15 years. It is unbelievable something that happen so long ago is still causing problems. The Judge even felt the arrest should never had happened. Please help me.
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Old 06-29-2019, 08:20 PM
 
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Hello, I am sorry you are experiencing such difficulty finding employment with a great company. I can only imagine how frustrating you feel after spending the time and money on your college degrees. There is a way you can have your record restricted in Georgia so if a background search is conducted it will not be visible. You may have heard of the term Record Expungement. Georgia does not refer to a concealment of your record as a Record Expungement. It is now called a Record Restriction and you absolutely qualify for one. A Record Restriction begins at the arresting agency so you will need to contact the Lawrenceville Police Department and request a Record Restriction. They will fill out a request form and forward it to the District Attorney where it will be approved or denied. In your case I am certain it will be approved, and the completed form will be mailed back to you. Once you receive the form it should indicate if you need to do anything additional. Your arrest happened before July 1, 2013 so you should contact the Georgia Crime Information Center to have them complete the restriction. Once the record is restricted if a background search is conducted the arrest will no longer be visible for employment and licensing purposes. Law Enforcement and Government will always be able to see the arrest, but they will also see the restriction. I hope this information is helpful.
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:08 PM
 
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Thank you for this information. I called the Lawrenceville Police Department and I can apply with them for a Record Restriction. I will go tomorrow. I hope this works because I recently applied for a very good position and would like this resolved before a background is done. Again, thank you for your help. Any idea how long it takes for the charge to not show up on my background?
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:08 PM
 
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That is great! Generally, it can be processed quickly depending on the agency. I would give it a few weeks. You will received the completed request form in the mail once it is approved by the District Attorney.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:32 PM
 
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That is great! Generally, it can be processed quickly depending on the agency. I would give it a few weeks. You will received the completed request form in the mail once it is approved by the District Attorney.
And in the meantime slow walk the current job application process!
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:48 PM
 
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I am waiting for confirmation it has been completed. The job is working with me so fingers crossed it will all work out. Thank you for responding. I didn't know where to start. This forum is awesome!
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:17 PM
 
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I am waiting for confirmation it has been completed. The job is working with me so fingers crossed it will all work out. Thank you for responding. I didn't know where to start. This forum is awesome!
Excellent news, I hope it really works out for you and please report back. There's nothing worse than being penalized for many years for something that shouldn't count against you.

Just as a FYI if you ever travel internationally - if you are asked "have you ever been arrested" it'll still be a "yes", even if hidden for employment search purposes.
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