Did you seal your records? Sealing a juvenile record, once you reach 18 years of age is not automatic, You need to petition for that. Also the arrest record still will be there and available to law enforcement. Specifically if it is a sex offence.
You should have your juvenile records sealed.
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You definitely should have your arrest record sealed. Regardless, the police can ask you what ever they'd like. You can choose not to answer.
Sealing, if successfully obtained, closes the file and keeps the records from being accessed and examined. It does not wipe out the fact of the event nor cause to be disappeared any other source of information about the event. It does not make "off-limits" any knowledge or questions about the matter, by police or anyone else.
CA Welfare & Institutions Code makes your juvenile court process confidential even if not sealed. But, as with sealing, the confidentiality statutes do not wipe out personal knowledge and experience, press reports, or any other source of info.
The general rule applicable in almost all in encounters with cops is that they can ask anything. The person asked can decline to answer.
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My advice is to say to the police officer, after you have told them that you are not on probation or parole and do not have any registration requirements, that if they have questions regarding the old case, to contact your attorney or you at a later time. If you are not a suspect in a crime then they cannot question you. If you were speeding, you don't have to answer questions about a closed case. The police may however challenge you or harass you because they are cops. You may want to have the paperwork from the court that discharged you from registering with you to prove that it is no longer a requirement and that the case is closed.
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This is unfortunate but it happens all the time. It is not uncommon for a police officer on a "routine traffic stop" to question someone about all information that comes up in their computer system. For example, someone who gets stopped for speeding in a residential area at night might get questioned about an old uncharged burglary arrest. They are fishing for: be polite, show your identification, explain you are not on probation or parole, and do not answer any more questions without an attorney present. And, although embarrassing, at least you have a passenger in the car who can be a witness when you assert your rights.
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