The First Offender Act is Georgia’s “second chance law.” (O.C.G.A. 42-8-60 et. seq.) Originally enacted in 1968, the law allows certain first-time offenders to avoid both a conviction and a public record if they successfully complete their sentence. The law also protects these individuals from employment discrimination on the basis of the charge(s). The intent of the law is to give some first-time offenders a chance to learn from their mistake and move on with their lives without the burden of a conviction.
Click here to see the updates to Georgia’s First Offender Law – Senate Bill 367.