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Is a Juvenile Delinquency Record Automatically Expunged?

 Juvenile records are not expunged automatically. One of the tragedies of the juvenile delinquency system in Oregon is that expungement is very permissive, but not automatic. Juvenile delinquency records are not truly confidential and are used against you in future adult court proceedings.  Unfortunately, people often believe their juvenile delinquency records cannot be used against them or were expunged when they turned eighteen. This is simply not true.

Most juvenile adjudications can be expunged. A list of crimes that cannot be expunged is listed in ORS 419A.260. Juvenile expungement law is permissive and favorable to cleaning up juvenile records. However, it is not automatic. There are no court fees, but a motion must be filed with the juvenile court where the arrest or adjudication records reside.

If you have any questions about Juvenile Expungement or Rights Restoration, contact Lohrke Law to set up a free consultation with an attorney.