32. What is the First Offender Act?

If you are sentenced as a First Offender and successfully complete your sentence, you will not have a conviction and the record of the case will be sealed from your official criminal history report. Certain First Offender records related to serious sexual or violent offenses remain available for employment with children, elderly, and the mentally disabled. First Offender records will also be available for law enforcement and criminal justice purposes. The intent of the law is to give first time offenders a chance to learn from their mistake and move on with their lives without the burden of a conviction.

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