If you were convicted of a crime as a juvenile (when you were under the age of 18), you may be able to have that record sealed. Eligibility requirements and the process for sealing juvenile records can be quite complex and require many steps, which is why consulting with an West Covinacriminal defense lawyer is wise. At Coimbra Law Firm, we assist individuals like yourself to take action towards sealing your juvenile records.
A juvenile record includes all the papers, reports, and orders in your juvenile court case file, in addition to all the documents relating to your case that are held by other agencies. This includes law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice, and the probation department.
When a court seals your juvenile records, it means that all the records and documents being held by the court and those other agencies will be closed and sealed off, and it will be as if the related court proceedings never took place. If anyone subsequently asks any of those agencies about a sealed record, the agencies are required to state that they have no record of that matter. In addition, you can legally state that you were not adjudicated (and not even arrested) for any matter that is sealed.
Crimes of “moral turpitude” are crimes that reflect dishonesty or a significant lack of regard as to right versus wrong. In general, crimes of moral turpitude include crimes of theft, fraud, sex offenses, certain drug offenses, and certain offenses involving great bodily injury.
The offenses listed in California Welfare & Institutions Code § 707(b), which will disqualify you from sealing your record include: