Some people think that just because a person is young, they cannot find themselves in real trouble. The reality of the situation is that children and minors can often make mistakes that can affect their adult lives. The juvenile justice system is ideally created to help minors learn from their mistakes and change course before going down the wrong path as adults. This means that the court is likely to favor a decision that focuses on reformation rather than conventional punishment. Youthful offenders are less likely to have felony-level sanctions imposed that carry prison sentences. But just because a person is under the age of 18 does not mean that ramifications will not significantly impact.
Ways that juvenile crimes can impact your life
One of the biggest misconceptions about the juvenile justice system is that your record permanently seals and will not follow you into adulthood. It is essential to realize that apart from the stigma someone can face, these records can still be viewed under certain circumstances. This includes the military, colleges, police academies, financial institutions, and various employers. Your record does not automatically become expunged when you reach the age of 18.
Below are some ways that a previous conviction can affect your life.
- A person with a juvenile record may no longer be eligible or have difficulties pursuing a law enforcement career or the justice system.
- A person may be kicked out of school. Principles or school officials may request records of previous arrests or convictions concerning safety or disciplinary matters.
- Your fingerprints and DNA may be placed on file in the national directory.
Expunging your juvenile record
Every state has its own rules and regulations regarding expunging, sealing, or destroying juvenile court and arrest records. Many factors are taken into consideration when this happens. This includes the seriousness of the offense, the person’s age, any other related crimes since a person has reached the age of 18, and when the offense was committed.
Although certain measures can be taken after charges have been imposed, it may be the best course to mitigate the charges as they have occurred. One of the best things a minor and their families can do is to seek legal representation. If your child is charged with a crime working with an attorney can help reduce the likelihood of being placed in a detention center. This also includes the removal of driving privileges or a reduction of charges or fines. If you live in Utah and would like to speak with a juvenile defense attorney, call us at 801-987-8409 to speak with a legal professional or schedule a consultation.