Sealing the Case: The Basics of Juvenile Record Expungement in New Mexico
Juvenile records in New Mexico are normally open to the public. This means that other people, prospective schools and employers can see them, which could potentially affect your reputation. If your records undergo expungement proceeding or sealing, however, only select people—the court, military, or hospitals—can access them.
When your records undergo expungement proceeding, it’s as if it never existed in the first place, and you won’t have to tell anyone about it. Keep in mind, however, that if the court convicts or deems you a delinquent later on, your juvenile record could be unsealed.
Is Your Juvenile Record Qualified for Expungement?
If you were a suspect of an offense or part of court proceedings when you were a juvenile, but the court didn’t find you guilty, the court should seal your record automatically after the proceedings. In the event that they weren’t, kufferlaw.com and other legal professionals say that you could file a motion to request your record to go under expungement proceedings. If you were convicted of an offense as a juvenile, found as a delinquent, and are 18 years old, you can request for expungement if:
- You don’t have any pending court proceedings or offenses.
- You are free of supervision or custody for a minimum of two years.
- The court didn’t convict or found you a delinquent due to misdemeanors or felony that involves immorality in a span of two years prior to requesting record sealing.
According to experienced juvenile defense attorneys, you could request for expungement prior to reaching 18 years old. You have to prove that you have a viable reason for sealing your juvenile record earlier, however.
Expunging your juvenile record includes filing a motion with particular courts that handled your juvenile case. These can quite complicated, so if you’re unsure of your qualifications for expungement or if you need assistance to complete your request, a juvenile defense attorney can be by your side.