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Conditional Discharge Georgia – Record Restriction for Georgia Drug Offenders

September 21, 2022 Criminal Law

You may be able to have your criminal history record restricted/expunged if you are facing a misdemeanor or felony drug possession charge in Georgia (methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, other narcotic drugs, stimulants, depressants, or hallucinogenic drugs).  If you are a first-time drug offender, courts have the discretion to allow you to enter a guilty plea under conditional discharge.  This is first offender for drug cases in Georgia.

Generally, a court will allow you to enter a guilty plea under conditional discharge if you have not previously been convicted of a drug charge.  Your sentence will include probation and if you successfully complete probation, the court will dismiss your case and you will not be deemed to have plead guilty to the drug charge.  Any felony or misdemeanor drug possession charge that you plead guilty to under conditional discharge will be restricted from your record.  If you had been sentenced to a felony charge, you will not be deemed a felon once you complete your sentence.  Potential employers will not be able to see that you were ever charged with a possession of a drug.  Successful completion of probation under your conditional discharge sentence will culminate in your case being dismissed and restricted/expunged from the public record.