Sealing Juvenile Records

 SEALING JUVENILE RECORDS

  • What does it mean to have my juvenile records sealed?
    • Generally, after the records have been sealed the underlying offense is "deemed never to have occurred."  This means that you can answer on most questionnaires that you were never adjudicated as a juvenile of certain offenses.  However, you may still be required to disclose juvenile offenses to certain agencies such as licensing boards, applications to become law enforcement officers, or the military.
    • Once records are sealed your juvenile records are not available to be inspected.
    • The records that are sealed typically include court records, the District Attorney's records, the police department records, the Probation Department's records, and the California Department of Justice records. 
    • Records that are not sealed are Department of Motor Vehicle records. 
    • Also, if Penal Code section 290 (sex offender registration) applies, the applicant can ask the judge to relieve him/her of the registration requirement.
  • Should I get my juvenile records sealed?  Aren't my juvenile records sealed automatically when I turn age eighteen?
    • No, juvenile records are not automatically sealed upon reaching age eighteen.
    • A petition must be filed in court to have juvenile records sealed. 
  •  Am I eligible to have my juvenile records sealed?
    • In order to be eligible to have juvenile records sealed you must be eighteen years old or five years from the incident date must have passed.
    • Your juvenile probation must have been completed.  However, a motion can be brought to terminate probation and seal juvenile records at the same time. 
    • All fines and fees must be paid.
    • Generally, after turning age eighteen you cannot have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.  
    • Generally, you are not eligible to have your record sealed if as a juvenile you were found to have committed an offense listed in Welfare and Institutions Code section 707(b) and you were at least fourteen years of age at the time of the offense. 
    • Generally, juvenile records cannot be sealed if as a juvenile you were charged in adult court with a crime. 
    • You can request that your juvenile records be sealed even if you received a ticket or were arrested but never were required to appear in court.
       
  •  If I am eligible to have my juvenile records sealed will they automatically be sealed?
    • No, a motion must be filed with the court requesting that your juvenile records be sealed. 
    • The court must be satisfied that you have been rehabilitated. 
  • Where do I file my request to seal juvenile records?
    • A request to seal juvenile records must be filed in the county that last had jurisdiction over your juvenile matter.