If your child was accused and convicted of a crime, you may be worried
about the charge’s effect on his or her future. In the state of
Connecticut, juvenile court records are eligible for expungement depending
on the situation. Expungement is the sealing of criminal records, so any
potential landlords, employers, and licensing agencies will never be aware
these records existed. In most states, juvenile court records are automatically
expunged after a certain number of years. However, in Connecticut, it’s
a little different.
Many juvenile offenders will have to ask the court to have their record
“erased.” Erasure of a criminal record means the paperwork
isn’t destroyed, but it is removed from agency, institution, and
official files. After erasure, it will be as though your child was never
arrested. However, if a court finds it is in your child’s best interest,
it can disclose he or she had an erased court record. Likewise, whether
or not it was erased, your child’s record can always be viewed by
the Connecticut Department of Corrections or Bureau of Pardons and Parole.
If your child was never convicted, the record would be erased immediately
and automatically with no petition required. Likewise, if a
nolle prosequi (do not prosecute) is entered in your child’s case, or the case
is continued without any prosecution or disposition, the record will be
erased automatically after 13 months.
If your child was convicted, however, the court might allow a juvenile
record to be erased if your child meets the following conditions:
- At least 2 years have passed since your child was discharged (4 years if
convicted of a serious juvenile offense)
- No subsequent juvenile or adult criminal proceedings can be pending against
- Your child has not be convicted of an act that would be classified as an
adult misdemeanor or felony after being discharged
Likewise, if your child was convicted as a youthful offender, his or her
youthful offender record will be erased automatically when he or she turns
21 unless your child has been convicted of a felony since the time he
or she was judged a youthful offender.
If you’re curious about how erasure works, or you would like help
beginning the process, don’t hesitate to call us. Our skilled Connecticut
criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to helping people defend their
rights and freedom. Let us assist you with your case. We have more than
40 years of collective legal experience to offer you and your child. Tell
us about your situation in a free case consultation.
Call us at (844) 913-7747 or fill out our online form to schedule your
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