Do I have a juvenile record?


Before you can take any steps toward getting rid of your record, you need to find out whether you have a record and what information is in your record.

 

Do I have a record?

If you were arrested, a juvenile record was created when you were arrested. Even if you were never arrested, the minute charges were filed against you, a record was created.

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Who can see my record?

Your record may be open, which means that anyone can request to see it. If you were 14 or older and were charged with a felony, your record is open to the public. If you were 12 or 13 and you were charged with a more serious felony, your record is also open to the public. All other records are supposed to be kept private. But, even if your record is not open to the public, your school will get to see your juvenile record.

What is in my record?

Your record explains what happened when you were arrested or went to court. It includes the charges against you, information about whether you were adjudicated delinquent, what the judge decided your sentence would be, evaluations, drug tests, and school information.