WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEAL YOUR JUVENILE RECORD
If you have a juvenile record, it is in your best interest to get the records sealed. It is a wide misperception that juvenile records will automatically be sealed once the minor turns 18 years of age. Juvenile records do not get automatically sealed. In fact, you must file a petition with the court and a hearing will be held to determine whether or not you qualify to have your records sealed.
There are many reasons why you should seal your juvenile record. Having a juvenile crime on your record can negatively impact your adult life in ways that may affect acceptance to colleges, employment, apartment lease applications, loan applications and licensing opportunities.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR SEALING YOUR JUVENILE RECORD
In order to qualify to have your records sealed there are several factors that are considered. First, you must either be at least 18 years of age or older, or at least five years must have passed since your last arrest or discharge from probation if you are under 18 years of age. You cannot have any convictions for any felonies or misdemeanors which involve moral turpitude since your last arrest or since you were discharged from probation. Some examples of crimes that involve moral turpitude are crimes involving fraud, theft, sex offenses and certain drug offenses. Another factor considered is whether your case started and ended in juvenile court and whether you have any open civil actions against you that are related to your juvenile record you are trying to seal. Finally, the court wants to see that you have been rehabilitated.
WHAT SEALING YOUR JUVENILE RECORD MEANS
The reason courts allow juvenile records to be sealed is because they understand sometimes minors make poor choices and mistakes, but they do not want these mistakes to haunt you for the rest of your adult life. Therefore, once a court grants the sealing of your juvenile record, that means all the documents pertaining to your arrest, such as, the arrest report, the court’s ruling, your plea, any exhibits and the probation report, are all sealed and no longer accessible and ultimately destroyed.
If you have a juvenile criminal record, contact Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Ali Komaili to file a petition to seal your records and avoid being discriminated against for something you did as a minor.