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Old 11-22-2015, 06:21 PM
 
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Were you tried and convicted as an adult? If not, I'd think juvenile records would be sealed.
And, that's the big mistake many make, Example in Indiana, a youth who was arrested and not convicted can move to have their records sealed (closed to view) and expunged (erased). However, if they were convicted, they have to wait a minimum of 1 year before they can petition the court to seal/expunge records. Certain offenses can;t be sealed regardless. So, it's not automatic and is probably why so many juvenile records can be seen; the offender never petitioned the court for an action.
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Old 11-23-2015, 12:32 AM
 
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Were you tried and convicted as an adult? If not, I'd think juvenile records would be sealed.
i didn't go to court. I think they thought it would waste too much money and time to have me go to court for such a small sum of money stolen (~120 bucks) and for my first time of breaking the law, so they just had me talk to a probation officer, who had me do two days worth of community service.

a government website says that if you case was dismissed after jan 2015, then smaller crimes would automatically be sealed after a while, if you stay out of trouble ( they changed the law in cali). My crime was dismissed back in 2009, so i have to apply for sealing. I am confident that i would get it sealed because i have stayed out of trouble since and i didn't go to court for it.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:22 AM
 
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You probably talked to a magistrate. Call the juvenile court from the jurisidction involved and ask them what they do with adjudicated records.

You are obsessing over a non-issue. Kids do stupid things -- even the government knows this. If a juvenile shoplifting charge will not prevent someone from becoming a federal agent, or a military weapons engineer with a top secret security clearance, it is not going to prevent you from being an accountant.
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