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St.Charles Juvenile Crimes LawyerIf you were arrested or convicted of any crimes as a minor, then you may qualify for juvenile expungement. Although not all crimes can be expunged, juvenile expungement will wipe your record clean of any crime you committed as a minor. The public will not be able to see these crimes, giving you a clean slate for adulthood. Your juvenile record may still be available to some government organizations or to employers in certain industries, such as law enforcement, education, childcare, or the healthcare industry. Most employers will not have access to the follies of your youth, enabling you to find quality employment.

How to Begin the Process

You will need to get copies of your juvenile records and ensure that all the cases are closed. Then, you and your attorney can review the documents and determine whether your records can be expunged. If so, there are forms that can be filled out and filed with the Circuit Clerk.

To expunge a Class A misdemeanor or felony, it must have been at least two years since the case ended, including the subsequent sentence and probation, if applicable. If you were found guilty of first-degree murder or a felony sex offense, those charges cannot be expunged. If you were convicted of crimes in another state, they would not qualify for expungement in Illinois.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, expunging juvenile recordsThe Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission released a study last month addressing the expungement and sharing of juvenile criminal records in the state. In its report, the Commission found that in Illinois, juvenile record sharing and loose expungement laws have proven to be an obstacle to Illinois residents in obtaining an education, jobs and housing.

The Report

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission was formed by lawmakers to report to the governor and legislature about juvenile justice issues. The Commission released a study in April, entitled "Burdened for Life: The Myth of Juvenile Record Confidentiality and Expungement in Illinois." Tens of thousands of juveniles are arrested each year in Illinois, most for minor, non-violent offenses. However, the sharing of their records and the difficulty of getting records expunged often causes a permanent obstacle to rehabilitation.

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