How Long Do Juvenile Crimes Stay on a Criminal Record?

While some states keep juvenile criminal records confidential and automatically seal them once you turn 18, the state of Texas does not offer these protections. Juvenile case records are not accessible to the public, but juvenile criminal convictions will not go away without deliberate action. In other words, your juvenile criminal charges aren’t going away on their own.

Carrying around a criminal record can be severely limiting for young people and adults, even if crimes were committed long ago. Old criminal charges can limit your job prospects, leadership opportunities, educational advancement, and more. Until you have a juvenile criminal defense attorney on your side, those old charges will follow you around for a long time.

However, once you take the necessary steps to sealing or expunging, you can begin the process of starting over. You may be eligible to have your juvenile crimes removed from your record if you are more than 21 years old or your juvenile criminal record doesn’t include any felonies or misdemeanors that would warrant jail time.

If your juvenile criminal records involve class C misdemeanors or other crimes that do not typically warrant jail time, you are more likely to successfully obtain expunction. Such crimes may be removed from your record if you are more than 17 years of age, committed the offense in question between the ages of 10 and 17, or were not convicted of more than one offense. (Exceptions to these provisions include public intoxication, possession and use of adult substances such as alcohol or tobacco, and truancy.)

No matter what your juvenile criminal record contains, you may be eligible to have your criminal charges removed from your record. Don’t wait to get a fresh start—take your life into your own hands by getting in touch with one of our Dallas juvenile criminal defense lawyers at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP.

Call (214) 301-5007 today or speak to a member of our team to set up a complimentary case evaluation.

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