Do I have to share my juvenile record on an application?

An adjudication of delinquency is not the same as being convicted of an adult criminal offense. 

So, if an application asks you: 


Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

If you have never been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but not convicted of a criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were convicted of an adult criminal offense and you were also adjudicated delinquent. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but you had your record expunged and have never been convicted of an adult criminal offense. ANSWER

Have you ever been convicted of a crime or adjudicated delinquent?

If you have never been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but not convicted of a criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were convicted of an adult criminal offense and you were also adjudicated delinquent. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but you had your record expunged and have never been convicted of an adult criminal offense. ANSWER

Have you ever been adjudicated delinquent?

If you have never been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but not convicted of a criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were convicted of an adult criminal offense and were also adjudicated delinquent. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but you had your record expunged and have never been convicted of an adult criminal offense. ANSWER

Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime?

If you have never been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of criminal offense. ANSWER
If you were adjudicated delinquent but not convicted of a criminal offense. ANSWER
If you were convicted of an adult criminal offense and were also adjudicated delinquent. ANSWER
If you were adjudicated delinquent but you had your record expunged and have never been convicted of an adult criminal offense. ANSWER

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For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Were you adjudicated delinquent for a drug offense?

Question 23 on the FAFSA asks if you were ever convicted for possessing or selling illegal drugs while you were receiving federal student loans or grants.

If you were adjudicated delinquent for possessing or selling illegal drugs (even if it was while you were receiving federal aid), you can answer “no” to this question because juvenile adjudications differ from adult criminal convictions. This question only asks about adult convictions.  

Have you ever had a juvenile or criminal record, even if your record was expunged?

If you have never been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but not convicted of an adult criminal offense. ANSWER

If you were convicted of an adult criminal offense and were also adjudicated delinquent. ANSWER

If you were adjudicated delinquent but you had your record expunged and have never been convicted of an adult criminal offense. ANSWER

 

Have you ever been arrested?

If you were arrested when you were under age 18. ANSWER
If you were arrested when you were an adult. ANSWER
If you were never arrested but you had charges filed against you in juvenile court. ANSWER
If you were never arrested but you were adjudicated delinquent. ANSWER