If I’m charged with disorderly conduct, how do I protect my criminal history record?

I may or may no be charged with disorderly conduct; if I am I will have to go to court. I’m willing to pay or do community service. I am under 18, it is my first offense and I was not intending to start or participate in this fight. I may have provoked him. He punched me 2 times and I did not touch him once. How do I make sure this does not go on my record at all?

Asked on October 9, 2011 under Criminal Law, Minnesota

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you believe that there is a possibility that you will be charged with a criminal offense, you should start thinking about retaining a criminal defense attorney to represent you and to protect you against any negative fall out as the result of the charge or charges that may result.

Since you are under 18 years of age, the charges if filed would place you in juvenile court which if you plea out or are convicted, your record would be sealed. Possibly you might be placed on court probation where if you adhere to the terms of your probation, the charge or charges if filed could be dismissed.

Good luck.


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