“Seal a record” – most juvenile delinquency, unruly, traffic cases and adult misdemeanors heard in Juvenile Court are eligible for sealing. For juveniles, 2 years must pass between the last contact with the Court and the sealing occurs. References to the case are destroyed by other agencies, but the case can be re-opened, for a review, by a court order.
“Expunge” – only cases that have been previously sealed; all reference to the case is destroyed, so that the record is permanently irretrievable.
Juvenile Process Overview:
Contact Intervention Center
Intervention Center completes research for Judge
Judge reviews Request, previous cases and current record
Clerk’s Office Seals or Expunges case upon Judge’s Order
*Note: not ALL requests for sealing or expungement are approved.
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