I have a question about First Offender Act and hope someone can help me out.
I was arrested in 2003 in Georgia for 6 counts of burglary and given 5 years probation under First Offender Act. It was my understanding that if I completed probation without any violations that the record would be sealed.
I was released from probation early after 2 years (with no violations).
When I now go and check my criminal records through the local county record database I have two entries... One is listed as 'First Offender' and has in fact been Sealed, however, it shows 'Transferred from docket #xxxxxx'. When I open THAT entry, all 6 counts are shown in plain English for the world to see.
While I'm not trying to be dishonest or lie to anyone, I (technically) am not a convicted felon (am i?) and don't feel that is entirely fair... I completed my probation with no violations, should this information be listed or should it ALSO be sealed? There was no mention of a DUPLICATE record for the same 6 charges that would not be sealed, otherwise 'Sealing' is quite pointless.
I've made a LOT of changes in lifestyle since 2003, and want to go back to school for a respectable career, however this could quite possibly affect future employment in most lines of work.... I assure you I am no criminal-at-large, just someone who made some bad decisions during a low point in my life (no excuse, i know)...
Is there anything that can be done, or have I just made my bed to lay in?
Thanks in advance for a response.