Sealing Your California Juvenile Records – Welfare and Institutions Code 781
A juvenile criminal record becomes a permanent part of your child's file and is something that can follow them throughout their life and have a very negative impact. A juvenile record contains all the documents of any arrests, orders dictated by the juvenile court judge and any other papers concerning the case.
If you have a juvenile criminal record in California, you should consider applying to have it sealed under Welfare and Institutions Code 781.
A juvenile record covers all documents, court orders, and even reports in a juvenile court file. Additionally, it includes any documents relating to the underlying case in the possession of the Department of Justice, Probation Department, and law enforcement officers.
If you got in some legal trouble as a minor, most assume the records are automatically sealed, destroyed, and not accessible e to the general public. This is a common myth. You must take proactive steps to seal your juvenile records.
If you fail to do so, when you do become an adult, they will remain on public databases for employers, landlords, and financial institutions to review. .
This record is kept by the police or other designated law enforcement representatives in the State of California. Until it is sealed it can be accessed by various other agencies wanting information concerning your child.
Therefore, by having the juvenile record sealed it allows the young person to be able to ‘get on with their life' with a clean slate.
The records will be closed and destroyed and treated as if they had never occurred. To assist you in the process contact a juvenile criminal attorney serving the area of Los Angeles. Our juvenile attorneys will prepare all the essential legal documents to represent you for your court appearance.
Contact Cron, Israels & Stark for a free consultation today.
The Benefits To Sealing California Juvenile Records
When attorneys from our firm are asked why a juvenile record should be sealed, we thoroughly discuss all the benefits to the family, or the young adult wanting this information.
It has been shown that a juvenile record can have a very harmful affect on one's future. The impact of a negative record includes:
- Job opportunities and what would be available to you
- Getting into a college of your choice
- Applying for and receiving credit approvals
- Difficulty in obtaining immigration status
Therefore, it's in your best interest to seal your juvenile records. This will enable you to say on any school or employment application or one for public licensing that:
- You were never arrested
- You don't have a criminal record
It's important to note the California Department of Motor Vehicles will still allow auto liability insurers to review your juvenile driving record to determine liability risk and to set your insurance premium.
For the assistance you need in sealing your juvenile records, our office has the staff and resources to accomplish this and find out if you are eligible. Consult with an experienced law firm if you require help in sealing your juvenile records.