Juvenile Sealing of Records Lawyer, Travis County

Juvenile Sealing of Records


What is a Juvenile Sealing of Records

An arrest, custody, charge for a Texas criminal offense that was committed by (at a minimum of) a 10 year old but younger than 17 years old, likely has a juvenile file and record. Sealing is the process of shielding that record and preventing it's disclosure or release. When a juvenile record is "sealed," it???s treated as though it does not exist. It is also removed from the Criminal History Database, so your name will not come up if someone searches for you on it.

If juvenile records are not sealed, potential employers, college admission offices, or landlords can see your arrest record. Getting your record sealed can be an important step in successfully finding a job, going to college, and finding a place to live.

Who is eligible for Sealing a Juvenile Record?

Individuals with a Juvenile arrest record that occurred when they were under 18 years of age, who avoided further convictions and were not adjudicated as a minor. Other restrictions apply. This motion must be filed in the same county in which the original criminal proceeding occurred.

Generally Speaking

  • If you are found not guilty at your adjudication hearing, or the matter was dismissed, the court should have immediately ordered all files and records sealed.
  • If you successfully completed a drug court program, the juvenile court may order your records of either a misdemeanor or felony offense sealed immediately.
  • If your juvenile offense was a misdemeanor, a court will seal your record if: It has been two years since your final discharge from the juvenile system, AND during those two years, you have not been convicted or adjudicated of anything else, AND no charges are pending against you.
  • If your juvenile offense was a felony, the court does not have to seal your record, but it MAY seal it only if you are 21 years of age or older; AND You have not been convicted of another felony after turning 17.

Where can I read about Sealing a Juvenile Record?

Section 58.003 of the Texas Family Code allows for the sealing of juvenile records.

How can it help me?

When a juvenile record is "sealed," it???s treated as though it does not exist. A juvenile or person adjudicated of a juvenile offense while a minor -- after having a crime and arrest sealed -- may legally deny that anything described in the juvenile record ever happened. Additionally, if a judge, lawyer, or police officer is asked about you, they are required by law to respond as if anything related to your record never existed.

What are the drawbacks of a Sealing a Juvenile Record?

None. If you're eligible, you can and should speak with us about actually moving forward to seal your Juvenile Record.

Can Any Juvenile Record be Sealed?

No. Records of certain offenses cannot be sealed. You cannot seal your juvenile record if you have received a determinate sentence adjudication for serious offenses such as murder, sexual assault, deadly conduct with a firearm, arson, and other serious offenses.

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