The Law if very confusing. On one hand, a juvenile case is not a criminal case, yet it does preserve a record. Minors are often confused because when their case ends a probation officer usually submits a NAR report stating the case is dismissed. Most people take this as no person can access my records. My understanding is that third parties are not able to see your misdemeanor record once the case is over, but they can petition to see them. However, I would not rely on that alone. You can seal or destoy your record which is your best bet. I have been appointed on literally hundreds of juvenile cases and when you seal them the department of justice, the school you were attending, your attorney and others are ordered to seal or destroy their files. I cannot open my own file without a court order. When a third party requests your information and petitions the court, they will be told what report? I would hire an attorney to get this accomplished.
For a complete answer to a Criminal based questions you should consult a lawyer with all the facts concerning what occurred. No promises or guarantees can be made with any legal case. This answer is meant only as informational, not legal advice.
Many persons with a juvenile record believe that the record is sealed automatically. That is not the case. It is up to the individual to bring a Petition to the court for an Order to seal (and ultimately destroy)the record. The petition must be brought at the time specified by statute.
Here is a link to the court's description and instructions for sealing a juvenile record: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/other/crimlawclean.htm#juvrecs
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