Restrictions on Convicted Felons in Georgia

By Carrie Ferland

Individuals convicted of a felony crime are historically subjected to the loss of certain privileges typically afforded to law-abiding citizens. The state of Georgia is no exception, and it imposes restrictions on any person convicted of a crime of “moral turpitude.” While there are a few federal felony restrictions that apply to all states, Georgia has their own set of restrictions for individuals convicted of state-level felonies.

Election to Office

Felons cannot run for, nor be elected to, a position of public office in the state of Georgia.

Professional License Restrictions

Convicted felons in Georgia are generally permitted to seek professional licensure in most industries. However, licensing agencies have the authority to deny licensure to any convicted felon, based on the nature and details of their crime, if approving licensure would be against the general public’s best interest.

Attorney Restrictions

Individuals convicted of any crime of “moral turpitude” in Georgia are prohibited from, practicing law and obtaining and/or maintaining a license to practice law. Licensed attorneys who are convicted of a felony after obtaining their license will have their licenses revoked in the state of Georgia.

Note that this does not necessarily prohibit you from seeking licensure and practicing law in other states.

Restrictions on Participation in Martial Arts

Section 43 of the Georgia Code expressly prohibits convicted felons from participating, either directly or indirectly, in the promotion, management, or organization of kick-boxing, full-contact karate, mixed martial arts and muay Thai. Felons are prohibited from participating in fights, matches, contests, or exhibitions of any of these sports, or serving on anyone else’s behalf, including as an employee, for anything involving any of these sports.

Privacy Restrictions

Convicted felons in Georgia are entered into a database, which can be accessed both online and offline. Personally identifying details including full names, current addresses and dates of birth are available, along with information about all applicable charges, convictions, sentencing and details about the crimes committed.

Voting Restrictions

The state of Georgia revokes voting privileges for any convicted felon who is currently incarcerated, on parole or on probation. Voting privileges are restored, however, for convicted felons who complete and comply with all provisions of supervised release.

Firearm Possession Restrictions

U.S. federal law prohibits convicted felons in all states--including Georgia--from purchasing, owning or selling firearms. Felons are also prohibited from owning “ammunition and ammunition components.” In addition, convicted felons in Georgia cannot fire or otherwise use any firearm, including starter pistols, even on their own private property.

About the Author

Carrie Ferland is a practicing civil litigation defense attorney in the Philadelphia Area. As an author, her work has been featured in various legal publications for over 10 years. Ferland is a 2000 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and completed her Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration with the Dickinson School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in English.

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