Whether as an adult now, or still a juvenile, an individual may request that certain Nebraska records be sealed. Nebraska statutes §§43-2,108.01-05 detail how an individual may request that his or her criminal record as a juvenile be sealed. The sealable records may be juvenile cases, juvenile diversions, or convictions in a criminal court (i.e., adult court). This guide will describe the procedure to seal an adult conviction committed by a juvenile in Nebraska.
So what is the judge really looking for? A case that will be sealed will involve an offense that is immature in nature, the consequence (the sentence or rehabilitation) was effective, and there is no pattern of criminal history since the offense. Thus, the argument goes: the offender committed the offense did not know better (because s/he was just a child), s/he has learned from the incident, and since the incident, s/he has stayed out of trouble. Of course, each case is different, and an experienced juvenile and criminal defense attorney should be consulted to develop the best strategy for sealing a juvenile record.
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