In Missouri, most juvenile court records -- except those for very serious crimes -- are hidden from public view. To ensure maximum confidentiality, however, you can apply to have your juvenile record officially sealed. If your record is sealed, it may be viewed only by court order, and it is generally treated as though it never existed. You are not required to disclose information about your sealed juvenile record to anyone.
Does Your Juvenile Court Record Qualify for Sealing?
Your juvenile court record may be sealed at any time after you turn seventeen, as long as a juvenile court judge finds that sealing the record is in your best interests. If your case continues beyond your seventeenth birthday, the court may seal your record after your case is closed. (Missouri Statutes § 211.321.)
How to File
To seal your record, you must file a motion in the juvenile court that handled your case. Contact the court clerk’s office for more information.
Getting Legal Help
Clearing a juvenile record can be complicated. If you are not sure whether your record qualifies for sealing in Missouri -- or for help completing the necessary paperwork and presenting your case to the juvenile court judge -- you should contact a qualified criminal law attorney. A good lawyer can guide you each step of the way.