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A juvenile’s criminal record can be viewed by anyone who has access to past criminal history. That could be a potential employer or financial institution if a background check is required. California does not seal juvenile records automatically when the person reaches the age of 18. When you reach the age of adulthood in California, you have to petition the juvenile court to seal the records.
Specific Court Documents
A juvenile record can be sealed through a petition, which is a form that needs to be filled out and filed with the court. It has to specifically arrive at the court in the country where the conviction occurred.
You have to call the specific court to receive the form they use for record sealing. At that time, it’s best that you find out if there are any special requirements for filing the petition.
Once the records are sealed, background checks performed by employers and others won’t reveal the conviction. After 5 years, the records are completely destroyed as if they didn’t exist.
Without a petition to have records sealed and eventually destroyed, the conviction will stay until your 38th birthday when they will be destroyed.
There are some eligibility requirements for sealing your juvenile records.
Some details of the case will make you not eligible to seal your records.
Examples of 707 (b) Welfare and Institutions Code Offenses
Information Needed for the Petition
You’ll need the case number, the date of arrest, arresting agency, violation and disposition of the case.
If you don’t know this information, can’t remember where you were arrested or need other assistance to fill out the forms, our office of highly-skilled and experienced lawyers can help you. There are times when you might be denied the right to seal your juvenile records. We can help in those cases too.
Benefits to Sealing
There are many benefits to sealing your records. You’ll be able to state truthfully that you have no criminal history when you fill out job applications, loan paperwork and licensing paperwork.
Prospective employers won’t judge you based on a previous indiscretion that happened when you were a teenager. They won’t have access to any of those records at all.
The biggest benefit to sealing your juvenile records is that you’ll be able to have a fresh start in life when you hit adulthood.