GJP represents individuals that have a Georgia criminal record and individuals that have a pending criminal case in Fulton County or DeKalb County. The criminal records program is not limited to Fulton and DeKalb Counties. Each program has a separate application process, please see below for instructions for each program.
Please note: GJP receives many applications for assistance and cannot represent everyone who applies. Filling out an application does not create a client/attorney relationship. GJP will notify you in writing if we accept your case.
Georgia Justice Project assists individuals actively trying to find employment or housing, but having difficulties because of a Georgia criminal history. We can only help with arrests that occurred in Georgia. Learn more about criminal records in Georgia here.
Georgia Justice Project may be able to assist you with:
- Restriction (Expungement) and Sealing
- First Offender issues
- Retroactive First Offender
- Housing Denials based on your record
There are two ways to seek criminal records assistance:
- Attend a First Fridays Clinic and speak with an attorney after the presentation. More information on First Fridays here. (Note: In order to speak with an attorney, you will need a copy of your GCIC.)
- Apply for our services by completing the following steps:
To apply complete the following steps:
Step 1: Obtain a copy of your GCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center) criminal history, ideally a Purpose Code U. You can obtain a Purpose Code U from the following two locations. A Purpose Code E is also acceptable, which you can request from any law enforcement agency in Georgia.
Chamblee Police Department
Address: 3518 Broad Street
Chamblee, GA 30341
Phone: (770) 956-1068
Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00am – 6:00pm
Georgia Crime Information Center
Address: 3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA 30037
Phone: (404) 244-2639
Hours: Monday – Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm (closed 1-2pm for lunch)
Note: when requesting from GCIC, ask for a record inspection — Purpose Code U.
Georgia Justice Project will request a copy of your GCIC for you if:
- You are homeless and provide us with a verification letter (fee waived)
- You may have a warrant ($10 fee, paid by cash or money order)
- You are out of state ($10 fee, paid by money order only)
Step 2: Once you have your GCIC, call our intake line to schedule an appointment at
404-827-0027, ext. 238.
Step 3: Come to your appointment and bring your GCIC and any of the following that you have
- Dispositions or other court documents
- Housing or employment denials
- Private background check
If you have to cancel your appointment please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by calling 404-827-0027, ext. 238.
GJP provides criminal defense services in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. Learn more about our criminal defense model here.
We do not take the following cases:
- Domestic Violence
- Sex Crimes
- Federal Cases
- Child Abuse
- Cases Outside Fulton or Dekalb Counties
- Vehicle Violations
You may apply to our criminal defense program by completing the following steps:
Call our criminal intake at 404-827-0027 ext. 231 OR speak with a member of our intake staff by coming into our office. They will ask you for key information needed to move forward.
*If the individual in need of services is currently incarcerated, a friend or family member may call on their behalf.
Come in to fill out your application in person.
*If the individual in need of services is currently incarcerated, we will mail an application to the individual at the detention facility.
You must bring a police report in order for the application to be complete. You can request a police report from the arresting agency.
Step 3: GJP will notify you of our decision and next steps. Processing applications may take several weeks.