Sometimes a mistake we made in our youth can become an embarrassment when we reach adulthood. In addition, these type of incidents can become public after law enforcement gets involved.
But can a juvenile offense stay on your criminal record forever? The short answer is “not really.”
Kansas law allows a juvenile adjudication to be expunged. Recently, state statutes also changed to allow immediate interventions and uncharged police records to be expunged as well.
Expungement in Kansas means hiding a criminal record from public view—not destroying it entirely. However, the information would not show up during most routine background checks that potential employers conduct, and people could legally answer “no” when asked if they have ever been accused or conviction of a criminal offense.
Those with juvenile criminal records may seek expungement once they reach 23 years of age or once two years have elapsed since the final discharge of the case. Juvenile records will not be expunged in the case of convictions for various serious crimes, such as murder or sexual assault.
As soon as you determine your eligibility, the first step is to obtain and complete the appropriate Petition For Expungement form. The docket fee for expungement is $195 for each juvenile case, regardless of the disposition. Ensure your money order is payable to the “Clerk of the District Court.”
Deliver your expungement petition and money order to the District Attorney’s Office, specifically the Juvenile Division, or mail it in. Processing, which includes a thorough check for further violations of the law, will take approximately eight to 12 weeks.
If the petition is accepted, an order for expungement will be mailed to you. On the contrary, if the petition is denied, you will be notified. You may then choose to consult with a lawyer or contact the Court and set the case for a hearing.