When your teen is arrested, there is a whirlwind of thoughts that undoubtedly run through your mind as a parent. Thankfully, many charges on your teen’s juvenile record can be sealed or expunged, depending on severity. While each state has different detailed tasks for expunging or sealing records, the same basic steps apply.
The Difference between Expungement and Sealing
In most cases, your teen will be eligible for complete expungement when they hit adult age. This means that they can petition the courts for a complete erasure of their past arrest history. However, if the charges were serious or if they were repeated, your teen may not be eligible for record expungement. They may, however, be eligible for record sealing. This limits who can see their records, which typically only includes government and state officials.
Neither of these actions is automatic and must be petitioned to the court. This means you must formally request for the action to happen. This is a fairly simple process in most states, but an attorney is recommended.
- First, you must petition the court. You will send in a form to the appropriate court that requests the removal of your minor offenses.
- The court will contact you, and usually, call you in to discuss why they should grant you the expungement or sealing. Do not skip this date.
- Typically, once the appropriate amount of time has passed without you getting into trouble, your request will be granted.
When your teen gets into trouble, don’t worry. Typically, this record doesn’t have to follow them throughout their entire life.When your teen has been arrested, call the experts at C.L. Collins Bonding at (919) 205-5322 to find out what to do next.