Minors shouldn’t be robbed of the opportunity to become productive members of their community. A juvenile offense doesn’t necessitate that someone can no longer be effective contributors once he or she reach adulthood. No one, especially minors, should be prevented from pursuing opportunities due to a mistake that they’ve properly paid their due for.
Texas law protects these minors in different ways. Certain records of juvenile offenses are already automatically sealed from public viewing. However, minors can also consider going through the process of expunction. Although the general public has restricted access to some juvenile criminal records, plenty of institutions and organizations may still get permission to view certain reports. Pursuing expunction can prevent college admission committees or future employers from doing this by effective clearing these records free of certain offenses.
Automatic restriction is a given for cases involving individuals that are at least 17 years old, and aren’t classified as repeat or violent offenders. For misdemeanor and felony cases, minors may have to ask the court to have their records cleared through expunction. As with an adult that’s petitioning to have their record cleared, minors would need to meet a certain criteria before they can begin with the process. Those with misdemeanor cases will need to wait out a period of at least two years without having been charged or convicted of any other crime.
Meanwhile, felony offenses may be expunged if the petitioner’s case doesn’t involve a violent crime that needed to be transferred to an adult criminal court. The petitioner must also be at least 19 years old, without any other convictions since they were 17.
It’s not easy to have criminal records cleared. If you think that going through this can help your current situation, don’t hesitate to contact a criminal record expunction attorney to learn more about your legal options.Read More