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Reasons to get a juvenile's record expunged

Many parents make the mistake of assuming that a juvenile's arrest record is automatically sealed once he or she turns 18. That is not the case. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, over 900,000 kids under the age of 18 were arrested in 2015, and those arrests are going to be public unless their records are expunged.

Many kids and parents do not realize that expungement is an option. However, for a child's future, it is imperative to look into it.

School and employment opportunities

Most college applications require teenagers to state whether they have any past arrests. In the event the answer is yes, it can severely jeopardize a son's or daughter's chances of acceptance. The same principle applies to many workplaces.

In most cases, upon expungement of a juvenile's record, it means the teen is not required by law to inform schools and businesses of the arrest. Expungement, however, does have limitations. For example, if a person is applying for a job in law enforcement, a previous arrest will likely still need to be accounted for even if it was previously expunged.

Financial aid

In the event a student gets accepted to a college with an arrest record, there is still the matter of acquiring financial aid. While various factors, including the severity of a crime and whether the student was actually incarcerated, are taken into account, obtaining loans and grants is much more difficult when a son or daughter has a criminal record.

Volunteer programs

While still in school, many teens pursue volunteer programs in lieu of employment. Depending on the type of organization, they may be turned away because of a previous arrest or conviction. Criminal records are weighed heavily, especially if the program relates to working with young children. For these reasons and more, it is paramount to seek expungement.