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In Arkansas, most juvenile records are automatically sealed.
The primary exception is for delinquency adjudications in which the juvenile could have been tried as an adult. In such cases, the records remain available for law enforcement purposes for ten years after the final delinquency adjudication or adult criminal conviction. AS §9-27-309.
In addition to sealing, many juvenile records qualify for expungement. After your juvenile record is sealed and expunged it is as though the record never existed and the related conduct never happened. You need not disclose the information to others.
If you were adjudicated delinquent for anything other than an offense for which you could have been tried as an adult, a judge may agree to expunge your record at any time, and must do so when you turn 21.
If your juvenile record involves an offense for which you could have been tried as an adult, your record may qualify for expungement ten years after the last of the following:
- Your final adjudication of delinquency
- The date you last pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to an adult offense, or
- The date you were last found guilty of an adult crime. AS §9-27-309