I have a drug related felony from 1998 in CA which was reduced to a misdemeanor
and then dismissed in 2012. No other trouble. My application for a Concealed Carry Weapon License in Paulding Co, GA is pending because that felony still shows as a conviction. Violation was a 11352. This conviction is 19 years old. I now have a good job, own a house, and I have no involvement with drugs whatsoever. What can I do? Don't I have any rights here? I made a mistake a long time ago but changed my life. I live alone in the country, and feel that I should be able to defend myself, and my home should the need arise. Please tell me what I can do. Thank you very much, Geraldine Williams
JA: What state is this in? And can you tell me a little more about the charge?
Customer: Conviction was in CA in 1998. I reside in Paulding CO, GA now. The felony was a possession with intent to distribute. The quantity was not large and I did not know enough to fight to have the charge reduced. The code violation was 11352
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, I petitioned the court
in 2012 to expunge it since I had no other trouble since then and that conviction was holding me back from jobs I was applying to. They granted a reduction of the felony to a misdemeanor, then changed my plea to NOT GUILTY, then they dismissed it. After that, I could pass a background check for employment. It has just come to my attention that Paulding Co told me that it still shows on my record. And they gave me 90 days to get it straightened out.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes, I have the court documents from CA.