Record sealing is the practice of sealing or, in some cases, destroying court records that would otherwise be publicly accessible as public records. Some of the benefits of sealing juvenile records are
- When the records are sealed, the records of arrest, detention and conviction are physically sealed.
- The offense is deemed to have never occurred and the person can move to adulthood with a clean slate.
However, for those that are unaware of the complexity of the process, this a is a road laden with landmines. Without a skilled attorney by your side, the court may easily reject your petition, forcing you to wait another two years until you can petition again.
The time taken to seal the records depends on the type of case. In common cases, one must wait two years after being released from custody or probation. For gross misdemeanors, one must wait seven years and for felonies, it could take up to 15 years.Once the case against you is dismissed, our law firm can act immediately to seal your records. We file a petition with the court and seek the District Attorney’s agreement. This process normally takes six months and occasionally up to a year. The courts operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you start, the sooner your record is cleared.
Juvenile records are not automatically sealed. For the record to be sealed,you file a petition with the court after which, the court holds a hearing to determine if the juvenile record should be sealed. If sealed, they are destroyed after five years. However they are not sealed unless you file a petition with the court or hire an attorney to do so on your behalf.
You need an experienced record sealing lawyer to can handle the process quickly and ensure it’s done right the first time.
We have experienced people who have been trial lawyers for over XXX years and who have dedicated their practice to criminal defense. We can help you seal your criminal record so that you may proudly present yourself as the most qualified candidate for any job.