It was a bogus case, I was charged with stealing a hat from someone when I was in high school. (17 years old at the time) Violation #211PC. I took a plea deal that my public defender got me, and he assured me that I could get my record sealed when I asked him before I took the deal. I am a college student who is doing really good now, a GPA of 3.7, so this news that my record isn't going to be sealed just kills me. With this on my record, I fear that my efforts at a degree are for nothing since I won't be able to get my dream job with this on my record. Is there anything I can do to get my record sealed? This was also the first time I have ever been in trouble with the police and the first time arrested.
Criminal Defense Attorney
There is, but it takes time. A juvenile record under Welfare & Institutions Code section 707(b), such as a 211, is eligible for sealing and destruction when you reach age 38. Yes, this is quite some time for you, but you are not left with this on your record for life.
You can't seal juvenile strikes
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Family Law Attorney
Disclosing it and explaining it might allow a licensing agency to overlook it. All of us men were silly as teenagers.
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