FAQs

The mission of the Georgia Justice Project is to defend poor people accused of a crime and, win or lose, stand with them as they rebuild their lives.

General

What services do you provide?

We fulfill our mission by providing free legal representation to qualified clients.  We always combine our legal services with social services and employment support.

Are there any kinds of cases you do not take?

We do not take cases involving the following:  domestic violence, sex crimes, federal cases, child abuse, cases outside of Fulton or Dekalb Counties, or vehicle violations.

I’m not a lawyer, but I’d still like to volunteer with GJP. How do I do that?

A variety of opportunities are available for individuals and groups. These include administrative support (answering phones, filing, fundraising projects), client support (tutoring, intake, transportation, special events) or assisting with other organizational needs. For more information, please contact us.

I need help with a current criminal case, what should I do?

If your case is in Fulton or Dekalb counties, we may be able to help you.  Contact GJP at 404-827-0027 ext. 213 to speak with our Intake Coordinator or set up an appointment.

How do I know if I am eligible for expungement?

Currently under Georgia law we cannot expunge any arrests that result in a conviction.  However, if an arrest has been nolle prossed, dead docketed, or dismissed you may be eligible for expungement.

Do you charge for your services?

No.  GJP is a nonprofit organization and our services are free of charge.  

How long does it take to seal an arrest?

It may take several months for a record to be expunged.  It is a two phase process.  The first step is to submit an expungement application (receive from GJP) with the needed documents along with a $25 fee to the arresting agency .  It can take several months for an application to be approved or denied.  If the application is approved the application is submitted to the Georgia Crime Information Center with another $25 fee and the arrest will be sealed in approximately 6 weeks.

What kind of employment services do you provide?

We currently provide employment services only to clients we represent.  If you have a criminal background and need assistance with job searching, please call 404-827-0027.  We can provide you with a job tips form.

Who funds GJP?

GJP is funded by individuals, foundations, and faith communities.  We are not a United Way agency, and do not currently receive government funding.  If you’d like to support our work, click here.

Can I donate stock or securities to GJP?

Yes, please contact Shannon DeMyers at 404-827-0027 ext. 215.  She will provide the necessary information for you and your broker.

Where is your office?

We have two offices. Our main office is located in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta. Our Macon office is located in downtown Macon.  Click here for address and directions.

What are your hours?

The Georgia Justice Project is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.  Client intake hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm.  For questions or more information contact us at 404-827-0027.