I am currently 26. I was caught shoplifting at the naive age of 15 and pleaded guilty. I ended up paying fees and attending this class. The officer told me that all charges would be automatically sealed once I turn 18. I wasn't sure what it was called, but reading about it now, it seems like it's something similar to "deferred entry of judgment." How do I make sure that this is in fact what I received? Do I have to order a criminal background check to find out, or is there another way?
A Deferred Entry of Judgment is different than sealing a juvenile record. While the juvenile referee may have ordered the record to be automatically sealed, that does not mean that it actually occurred. So, I would check to make sure that the record was actually seal.
To check to see if a juvenile record is sealed, one does not have to run a criminal history background check. If you remember where your hearing occurred, simply go to that county’s superior court webpage, locate the current location of the family/juvenile courthouse, and check with the court clerk to see if your record was in fact sealed.
For more information about the details of sealing a juvenile record download this .pdf: http://www.publiccounsel.org/publications/sealjuv.pdf.
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