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    Default Do Juvenile Criminal Records Automatically Go Away?

    If you're under 18 when you get charged for crimes, do they dissappear when you turn 18? Like a clean record when you turn 18? I've never heard of that before until a friend told me about that. Anybody know?

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    The treatment of juvenile criminal records varies by state.

    According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement:
    Quote Quoting Does the sealing or expunction of a juvenile criminal history record differ from the sealing or expunction of an adult criminal history record?
    Juvenile criminal history records may be sealed or expunged in the same manner as adult criminal history records, by applying for a certificate of eligibility and, if eligible, petitioning a court for sealing or expunction. However, the following considerations are relevant to the decision whether to seek the judicial sealing or expunction of a juvenile criminal history record. Prior to October 1, 1994 (for felonies), and July 1, 1996 (for specified misdemeanors), juvenile arrest records were not maintained by FDLE in the criminal history record system and would not be available to the general public unless the juvenile were treated as an adult. Juvenile records are subject to an abbreviated retention schedule, if certain qualifications are met, which results in the automatic expunction of the record after a specified period, under s. 943.0515, Florida Statutes. Juvenile defendants who successfully complete a qualified diversion program, as set out in s. 943.0582, Florida Statutes, may be eligible for expunction of their record as the term is defined therein. If a person wishes to pursue the judicial sealing or expunction of his or her juvenile record, the eligibility criteria and procedure, which are similar to those for adults, are found in s. 943.059 and s. 943.0585, Florida Statutes. The treatment of juvenile criminal history records maintained by other agencies and by the courts is a matter on which the applicant may wish to seek legal advice.

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