Criminal Defense: Seal Juvenile Records
Seal Juvenile Records
If you committed a crime as a juvenile and were subsequently convicted, you most likely want to seal those records as an adult. You don’t want one mistake as a kid to ruin your chances for success as an adult. The way to do this is to petition the court to seal the records. Contrary to common belief, the juvenile arrest records are not automatically sealed once you turn 18. You must actively try to get your juvenile records sealed as an adult.
How to Seal Juvenile Records
Once you turn 18, or 5 years after the termination of the juvenile court’s jurisdiction over you is when you can petition the court to seal your records. You must not have committed a crime of moral turpitude, whether it is a felony or misdemeanor. This means that if you are charged with a crime of moral turpitude, you would want to discuss with your juvenile defense lawyer, a way to negotiate a plea that may change the charge from one of those moral turpitude crimes. This is also true of certain crimes listed under 707(b) committed when you were 14 or older. Further, you can’t have pending civil action for the same charges or any felonies or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude after the original charge. For example, if you are charged with robbery, a crime of moral turpitude, you will not be able to have the juvenile records sealed. However, if your attorney is able to negotiate a plea to a different charge (for example, disturbing the peace) but the person whom you robbed is suing you in civil court, you still will not be able to have your juvenile records sealed.
Benefits of Being Granted a Petition to Seal Your Juvenile Records
If your crime was not one of moral turpitude or listed under 707(b), your juvenile arrest and conviction records will be sealed. This means that they will actually be destroyed. When applying to a job or school, you will truthfully be able to say you were never convicted or arrested. The district attorney, police and probation will all have to say no. If you were convicted of a crime that requires sex offender registration, and does not fall under the aforementioned restrictions, you will no longer have to register.
Hiring an Attorney to Seal Your Juvenile Records
The petition process is tricky, and the results are rewarding, which makes it a good idea to hire an attorney to seal your juvenile arrest and/or conviction records. This is not a process recommended to be done on your own. An experienced attorney can have the records sealed, so you can move on with your life! Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you want to seal your juvenile arrest and conviction records.
Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
A Criminal Defense Firm
PO Box 3297
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Office: (760) 237-8295
Cell: (760) 668-8295