Does a juvenile criminal record get expunged once you turn 18? 10 Answers as of July 19, 2013

If an individual gets a juvenile misdemeanor after the 17th birthday, does it still get expunged at the age of 18?

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Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
Those records are not expunged, but are under seal, so they are not put into your adult criminal record in the database.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 7/19/2013
Law Office of Jared C. Winter
Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
In California, certain types of juvenile findings ("findings" are the juvenile equivalent of adult convictions) may be sealed once the minor turns 18. This is not automatic. A petition must be filed and there must be a hearing before a judge. Some people try to do this on their own. Some are successful and some are not. I would recommend hiring an attorney to prepare the petition and to represent you in court at the hearing.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2013
Ellis & Abouelsood | John Danelon
The record would not be "expunged" but juvenile records are automatically sealed.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2013
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
Juvenile records are not automat ally sealed when you turn eighteen. To get your record sealed you must file a petition with the court to have it sealed. Once it is sealed, the record will be destroyed after five years. Attached is a sample of the petition.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2013
Steven Dodge | Steven Dodge
Without knowing what state your case is in, it is impossible to say. Contact a local attorney. That will be your best way of getting an accurate answer.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/19/2013
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    No. Sincerely:
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/19/2013
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    No, it remains on his record. You need to take the steps to expunge the record.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/18/2013
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    It is not expunged but the misdemeanor juvenile record is supposed to be a non-public record. Unfortunately, professional "background checkers" are clever and our increasingly computerized world make such records potentially findable regardless of the "legal" sanctity of juvenile records.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 7/18/2013
    Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C. | Laurie Schmidt
    No! Colorado juvenile records are not automatically expunged. You must file a petition with the court to expunge the record. The time period to file the petition to expunge depends on the type of crime that you pled or were found guilty. Most criminal defense attorney would be able to determine when and if you are eligible for expungement and can file the petition for you.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/18/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Not in Michigan. See an attorney with your issues.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/19/2013
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