Typically, court documents, such as criminal records, can be viewed by the public. Sealing a criminal record means the public doesn’t have access to the record showing the crime or crimes the individual committed. In many jurisdictions, juvenile records can be sealed. However, there are some exceptions to whether a juvenile record remains confidential.

Who Has Access To My Juvenile Record?

In general, many people are entitled to look at a minor’s criminal record, including:

  • Parents and legal guardians
  • School officials
  • Juvenile’s attorney
  • Federal, state, and local attorneys
  • Child protective agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies

Does The Public Have Access to My Juvenile Record?

Not usually, but it depends on the jurisdiction and the crime. Some states have laws permitting law enforcement to release identifying information under specific circumstances. For example, California law does allow the public to have access to juvenile court records if the crimes are considered violent or serious.

If I Testify in Court as a Witness, Will My Juvenile Record be Made Public?

It won’t be made public, but a person’s juvenile criminal record may be discuss during witness testimony.  The juvenile record may also be discussed during a sentencing hearing.

What is a Sentence Hearing?

In some jurisdictions, courts have the right to consider a person’s juvenile record during a sentencing hearing if the person is tried as an adult. This is allowed when it relates to later adult crimes.

Can I Get Someone Else’s Juvenile Criminal Record Sealed, if My Name is Mentioned?

No. If a person is mentioned in an individual’s juvenile record, she can’t have the record sealed. Only the subject of the juvenile criminal record can seal the record.

Do I Need to Talk to a Lawyer Regarding Getting My Juvenile Records Sealed?

Yes. Talk to a criminal lawyer about sealing your juvenile record.