In Georgia, there is an incredible option for most criminal defendants charged with felonies to receive First Offender treatment during sentencing. The First Offender Act is a comforting concept to criminal defendants when he or she has made a huge mistake resulting in a felony and are scared straight.
The First Offender Act states that a criminal defendant may be convicted of or plead guilty to a felony and upon successful completion of his or her sentence, his or her record will not reflect the conviction or guilty plea but rather he or she will be discharged without guilt. Furthermore, it should be noted that this outstanding option is only allowed one time to a criminal defendant.
Additionally, the defendant may ask to be sentenced under the First Offender Act, but whether the defendant is sentenced under the First Offender Act is completely up to the Court.