As of November 1, 2023, most juveniles will no longer have to register as a sex offender and be eligible to seal their convictions. Law enforcement will start removing eligible people from the registry soon and mailing letters confirming they have been removed. If you receive a letter indicating that you have been removed from the registry, please contact our office for a consultation to determine if you are eligible to seal your offense.

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Addressing the topic of expungement in juvenile offenses

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | Juvenile offenses |

When the actions of youths leave them facing legal concerns, parents may have questions about how the outcome of their situations might affect their futures. Records of juvenile convictions could impact a youth’s life in various ways, but there may be certain steps parents in Washington can take to protect the well-being of their children. Seeking advice on whether expungement may be a viable option may prove integral to helping youthful individuals prepare to build a brighter future. 

What is expungement? 

According to experts, expungement may refer to the act of removing a criminal conviction from one’s record via a court order. While this might not erase a conviction altogether, it might keep records from appearing during processes such as background checks. Youths who have their records expunged may be under no obligation to disclose this information in most situations. 

Parents who have questions about eligibility requirements for expungement may find it helpful to know the factors that might influence their options. Factors the court may consider could include anything from the type of offense involved to the age of the person. While this process may be like having one’s record sealed, experts state that there are some differences and carefully evaluating all the available options may be vital to making an informed decision. 

Is expungement an option? 

Parents of youthful individuals who face similar challenges in life may have questions about whether expungement may be an option in their situations. When facing such a scenario, parents might find it helpful to consult with an experienced attorney for advice in addressing their situations. An attorney in Washington can provide a client with insight on every factor to consider regarding expungement, help determine if this might be a viable path, and guide him or her through every stage of the expungement process.