What happens to juvenile records once you turn 18? 29 Answers as of June 14, 2011

I just wanted to find out if I can get copies of my juvenile records. What's the process?

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Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP
Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP | Locke T. Clifford
Juvenile records get sealed upon the person's 16th birthday. You would need to contact the clerk of court's office in your local county to try to get your juvenile records.
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Replied: 6/14/2011
Andersen Law PLLC
Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
If three years have gone by without any new offenses, you can have your juvenile record sealed. The only exceptions are serious violent felonies, sex offenses and DUI or alcohol-related driving offenses.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 4/29/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
There are juvenile records, PINS petitions, and Youthful Offender treatment matters. A Youthful Offender conviction is not a criminal record, but it is still on your NYSID computer record. Any conviction is always on your NYSID computer record forever because New York does not allow a conviction to be "expunged' or erased from the computer or for you to legally "lie" as some states do. You must admit you were arrested and explain the circumstances if asked in New York, but an ACD or other dismissals are not convictions.If asked if you have ever been arrested on a form like a job application or government form you should not lie because it will be worse when they discover that you were not honest with them.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/29/2011
Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
Juvenile records are not used once you turn 17, but you should contact the clerk of the juvenile court in the county where you were tried/pled guilty, and ask for copies of them. I do not know what the clerk will require as far as identification is concerned, they would be in a better position to inform you of what you will need to do to get a copy of the records.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 4/28/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
4-27-11 Juvenile records are sealed prior to and after the offender turns 18.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 4/29/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    I'm not sure what you mean by "copies of your juvenile record." In Michigan, juvenile records are sealed and can only be accessed by the courts and law enforcement for legitimate purposes. If you mean you want paperwork from your cases, I would suggest contacting the attorneys that represented you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    You should be able to simply pay for copies of your own file in the clerk's office of the juvenile court that handled your case. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    Nothing happens automatically. However, an individual turning 18 can petition the court to seal their juvenile records so long as they have not created an adult record. Anyone with a juvenile record should consider sealing their records the day they turn 18.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    You can either hire an attorney to work with you to find out what might be on your record or you can contact the Clerk's office at the local juvenile court.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    The juvenile records are sealed from view of the general public. You may be able to get copies of the juvenile record as it pertains to you.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman | Scott G. Hilderman
    The records are sealed; you can get copies of your records. You would need to make a request at the court where your records reside.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    Hello, The best way to get your juvenile records is to go to the Family Court in which the case occurred and go to the clerk's office and request them.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    They remain juvenile records which are not accessible to the public in most cases. However, you may request from the court copies of your own records.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick | Karen Kilpatrick
    You can get copies - just request them from the Clerk of Court in the county where your case is. You can look them up online, call, or go in person, depending on the county. Juvenile records are automatically expunged at age 24 or 26, depending on your criminal history. Unfortunately not at 18. Although you can have them expunged before then.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    The Boerst Law Office
    The Boerst Law Office | Bruce Boerst
    Sure. You could request a copy of your juvenile record from the juvenile court. The juvenile record is sealed as to the general public but open for viewing by law officials, judges, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    You or your attorney has access to review your juvenile court file at any time. Nothing happens to it when you turn 18 though you can bring a motion to seal your record as to most offenses which is partially effective in protecting it from being seen by others. As to getting copies your rights in that regard are less clear and might involve approval by the juvenile court judge if you have a good reason to need them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Giannini Law Office, PC
    Giannini Law Office, PC | Robert Giannini
    If you want copies, you should go to the office of the clerk for the court your case was heard in. In most cases, 2 years after all sentence terms are completed you can apply for juvenile records to be sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    Go to the Probate court.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Go to the clerk of the Juvenile Court. The records are supposed to be destroyed when you turn 18 but I bet you can find them at the Clerk's office.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    Assuming that its been more than a year since the incident that resulted in juvenile probation, you can get your juvenile records sealed by contacting your probation officer and asking them for the form to seal your juvenile records. The written request (form) has to be submitted to the court, and probation has to verify that you completed your probation successfully. After that, the judge will order all your juvenile records sealed, which effectively clears your record. Also, if you want copies of your record, your attorney, your probation officer, or the juvenile court clerk can get you them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Beard Law Group, P.C.
    Beard Law Group, P.C. | Christopher Beard
    The Clerk of Court in the County of arrest/charge transpired may be able to retrieve the documents. Additionally, the agency that made the arrest may have your records on file. Have plenty of documentation with proof of identification on your person because the records are not public domain.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/28/2011
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    They are still kept. You normally can't get your file.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Records are sealed to the public, but you can go to the juvenile court and request them free of charge.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Records are sealed at 22.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    The court will give you copies if you ask. Call the court and let them know that you want copies. They'll probably soak you for copying costs, and may ask for ID, because juvenile records are confidential. A lawyer could get them for you, but you can do it yourself and save a few hundred bucks.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    Court records should be sealed contact your lawyer and they will likely still have a file.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Nothing. Go to the court and pay for the copies.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
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