Is there any way I can clear my juvenile record?

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Is there any way I can clear my juvenile record?

I’m 16 and received a misdemeanor citation class C a few days ago for shoplifting. It’s my first ticket ever and I was told that it would be on my record. I was wondering if there was any way I could clear my record soon. If I talk to a judge at my court can he/she dismiss it. I really don’t want this to affect my school at all.

Asked on August 13, 2011 Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Okay, we all make mistakes so calm down and let's get this matter cleared up as soon as possible.  First, I urge you to confide in an adult that you trust to help you with this.  The best way to insure that the matter is properly taken care of is to have support from an adult and an attorney. It is true that the matter could be placed on your record.  But as a juvenile you are afforded some protections and the fact that it is a Class C misdemeanor is better in the long run.  Juvenile record sin Texas have protection and limited access once you turn 21 and have been clean since 17 but you can also petition to seal or expunge a conviction. Now, the best way to avoid this is to NOT be CONVICTED so you need an attorney to help you plead this down to a lesser offence that carries no charge and to complete all community service requirements and pay restitution if need be.  GET HELP NOW.


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