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Alabama Juvenile Criminal Record Forms
Alabama Juvenile Criminal Record FAQs
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEALING AND EXPUNGEMENT?
Juveniles can request that their records be sealed once two years have elapsed since any court order is entered. After they turn 23, they can request that officials expunge the records.
If the record is sealed, it is hidden from public view. However, if you are later convicted or adjudicated a delinquent or youthful offender for a serious crime, the records will be treated as though they were never sealed. (Alabama Code § 12-15-136.) Even when a juvenile record is sealed, there is no guarantee that the information never will be revealed. Health care organizations, for example, can access records with permission from the court. The records also can be unsealed in the event of a subsequent conviction.
If a juvenile court record is expunged, it is completely destroyed. If a court issues an order that your record be expunged, all agencies and offices with your records will be ordered to destroy them. (Alabama Code § 12-15-137.) From that point forward, it is as though the related offenses never occurred.
Potential employers who conduct background checks are forbidden from accessing the sealed information, and it is legal for adults whose juvenile records have been sealed or expunged to answer “no” when asked if they have been convicted of a crime.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO SEAL MY JUVENILE RECORD?
To seal a juvenile record, you must wait two years from the end date of legal custody or supervision or, if there was no custody or supervision, two years from the date of any other court order. To qualify, you may not have been convicted or adjudicated a delinquent or youthful offender for sexual offenses or offenses involving drugs, weapons, violence, or threats of violence. If these conditions are satisfied, you may file a motion with the juvenile court to start the sealing process. (Alabama Code § 12-15-136.)
AM I ELIGIBLE TO EXPUNGE MY JUVENILE RECORD?
If you are at least twenty-three years old, you may ask to have your juvenile court records destroyed if, as a juvenile, you were the subject of a delinquency petition and (1) You have not been convicted or adjudicated a delinquent or a youthful offender for sexual offenses or offenses involving drugs, weapons, violence, or threats of violence; and (2) there are no juvenile or criminal proceedings pending against you. (Alabama Code § 12-15-137.)
WHERE DO I GET MY JUVENILE RECORD?
Contact the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center which maintains records on any juveniles charged with an act of delinquency. Complete a form entitled “Request for Review of Criminal Records.” All parts of the form, including a set of your fingerprints, must be completed and an administrative fee of $25.00 must also be sent.
HOW DO I CORRECT AN INNACURATE JUVENILE RECORD?
If your juvenile record is inaccurate or incomplete, you may challenge the information by completing the “Criminal History Record Challenge” form. It will be reviewed and amended if the record is found to be incorrect
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR SEALING OR EXPUNGING A JUVENILE RECORD?
Requests covering juvenile records, whether for sealing or expunging, are filed with the juvenile court in the county in which the case originally was adjudicated.
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