If you or your child has been arrested for a crime in the past, you may have heard that juvenile records will be kept private once the minor becomes an adult. Obviously, a juvenile record could come back to haunt you. However, you may be surprised to learn that most juvenile records are not sealed automatically.
Speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area to get information about your juvenile records. Connect with a defense attorney by filling out our free online evaluation form on this page or calling 877-445-1059 today.
Juvenile Criminal Records Explained
Most juvenile cases of the past protected the identities of the accused. Proceedings were typically held in closed juvenile courts, while the juvenile’s name was never revealed.
In reality, it appears the privacy of juvenile defendants has actually been declining since the mid-1990s. A local criminal defense attorney can further explain how juvenile records have become more accessible.
Do Juvenile Records Expire after a Certain Age?
Juvenile records are not wiped away in most states when the accused person reaches the age of majority. In most states, people must petition to have their criminal record sealed or expunged at a later date.
However, many juvenile defendants aren’t aware of the importance of making this petition. Consequently, many juveniles do not make this petition, and their juvenile histories can remain a part of their criminal records.
In order to close or clear your juvenile record, certain steps must be taken in most states. Expungement is an option that permanently seals, and in some cases destroys, certain criminal and juvenile records. A criminal defense attorney may help you take the proper steps to seal or expunge these records and help keep your juvenile record a thing of the past.
Are Juvenile Records Private?
Juvenile criminal laws have changed in nearly every state since the mid-1990s. Most changes made it easier to disclose information about juvenile defendants. Here are just a few examples.
- The juvenile’s school is notified in most states when a juvenile is arrested or enters into some juvenile or adult criminal justice system. This notification can even lead to the student being automatically transferred to an alternative school in some states.
- The juvenile’s name and address is revealed to the victim in several states.
- Some juvenile cases in most states take place in open court.
- Media may access juvenile court records in several states.
- There are no restrictions for the public release of juvenile court records in several states.
Speak with a criminal defense attorney in your area to further learn how juvenile court records may be disclosed to the public, and how this may directly affect you or your child.
Juvenile Records May Hurt You Down the Line
Juvenile convictions not only include more serious penalties nowadays but may also damage one’s reputation, employment prospects and educational opportunities down the line.
Don’t let your juvenile criminal records set you back. Speak with a local criminal defense attorney who can explain the policies in your jurisdiction and the risks involved with juvenile delinquencies. Get started by calling 887-445-1059 or simply fill out our free online evaluation form, and we’ll help you schedule a free no-obligation consultation with a criminal defense attorney in your area.
The above summary of juvenile records is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on juvenile records, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.