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Get Your California or Sacramento Record Sealed
If you have a sustained petition from juvenile delinquency court you may be able to have your “record sealed.” Welfare and Institutions Code Section 781 provides that a person may have their record sealed. A record seal legally “erases” your prior history and may be required for employment or to enlist in military. If your juvenile record does not have serious or violent felonies you may be able to have it sealed.
Juveniles are not “found guilty”; the correct terminology is that “charges were sustained.” Many different agencies may have records pertaining to incidents. A record seal will direct these agencies to “seal” their records. The judge may also declare, if the record seal is granted, that the charges for all intents and purposes “never happened.” Court records, sheriff, police, Department of Justice, and Probation Department records will be sealed.
When records are sealed, a person may legally state that he/she has no prior juvenile record.
Some people are under the mistaken impression that all juvenile records are automatically “sealed” or “dismissed” when a person turns 18. However, that is not the law. You must petition the court to seal your records in many cases.
If you are interested in having your record sealed in the Sacramento region and Northern California, you may contact the Law Office of Mark S. Mayfield at (916) 363-1211 or click HERE. We charges a very reasonable flat rate fee, and successfully have sealed hundreds of cases over the last 20 years. Don’t let a youthful indiscretion hinder your future! Call for a free consultation.