Will a juvenile record show on an employment background check?

Was 16 almost 17 when charged with felony. It ended with probation and is now 18 and off of probation. Should we speak with a criminal law attorney? In Collin County, TX.

Asked on September 13, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your juvenile records are not confidential. And they are not automatically sealed once you turn 18. If something known as "sealing" is not done, juvenile records can be read by law enforcement agencies, probation officers, juvenile justice officers, prospective employers, educational institutions, and a few others. In the case of juvenile criminal records, Texas law lets you seal some convictions after a waiting period. If a court orders the sealing of your juvenile offense, all records of that offense may also be eligible to be “expunged” , a broader protection than sealing. For employment purposes, once your record is expunged/sealed the matter is treated as though it didn't exist. However not all offenses can be sealed. The fact is that this can all get complicated. Your best bet is to sit down with a criminal defense attorney and explore your options.


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