Frequently Asked Questions

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor crime is punishable up to a $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail. Misdemeanors are often viewed as the gateway into criminal activity because they are often the first crimes committed – and, therefore, offer the best opportunity for deterrence and rehabilitation.

Where can I find information about a case?

The Odyssey System is an excellent resource where you can find information about civil and criminal cases. Visit:

Who handles county ordinance violations?

All county ordinance violations are reported to Code Enforcement and then a prosecutor from the Quality of Life Unit works with everyone to find a resolution.

How can I protect my neighborhood from crime?

Neighborhood watch groups are one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. They forge bonds among residents, help reduce and deter crime, and also improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The DeKalb County Police Department has excellent resources to assist you in the establishment of your watch program. Each DKPD precinct has a Public Education Specialist who can guide you through the process.

How can I get information about restricting my DeKalb County misdemeanor criminal arrest record?

O.C.G.A. §35-3-37 provides for the restriction of certain criminal history records for non-criminal justice purposes.  Please see the following information for arrest record restriction inquiries to our office regarding misdemeanor DeKalb County arrests that resulted in no conviction.

  • For DeKalb County misdemeanor arrests that occurred prior to July 1, 2013, were referred to our office and did not result in a conviction, individuals are required to apply for restriction at the arresting agency via the statutory application process. The Record Restriction Application with directions can be downloaded here: GBI Record Restriction Form. Applicants should complete section one of the form and submit it to the arresting agency to begin the process. Please contact the arresting agency with any questions.
  • For Record Restriction Inquiries regarding DeKalb County misdemeanor arrests that occurred on or after July 1, 2013, were referred to our office and did not result in any conviction, the individual may complete Section One of the GBI form above and submit it directly to our office. Please complete Section One only and submit it directly to our office along with a photocopy of your government-issued identification and a copy of your case disposition, if available, via mail or email to the attention of the records department at

While we will answer all inquiries to the best of our ability, the Solicitor-General’s Office cannot give legal advice. Therefore, applicants may consult a private attorney, such as the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office located at 320 Church Street, Decatur, GA, 30030, and can be reach by phone at 404-371-2222, and/or the Georgia Legal Services Criminal Record Resources Page to learn more about criminal record restriction opportunities.

If you are looking for employment, WorkSource DeKalb Jobseeker Services may be able to assist you, regardless of your criminal history.  They are located at 774 Jordan Lane, Building #4, Decatur, GA., 30033. You can contact them by phone 404-687-3400, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.