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How can a juvenile adjudication of delinquency be expunged?
Juvenile records do not automatically disappear on a child's 18th birthday. Juvenile records can be expunged under the following circumstances:
  • Not guilty verdicts (The Court is required to direct that all records connected to the petition in question be destroyed immediately by law enforcement)
  • Case dismissals (expungement may be requested 30 days after dismissal)
  • Successful completion of consent decrees (expungement may be requested six months after completion if there are no charges pending against the child)
  • Successful completion of probation (expungement may be requested five years after completion if there are no subsequent convictions or delinquency adjudications and there are no charges pending.)

A juvenile record may also also be expunged by a court order once a child reaches the age of 18 if the Commonwealth attorney consents to the expungement.

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1. Are juvenile adjudications of delinquency public knowledge?
2. Are the hearings in juvenile court open to the public?
3. Are there financial burdens placed on adjudicated children and their families?
4. Can a juvenile adjudication of delinquency affect the ability of a person to obtain a license to carry a firearm?
5. Can a young man or woman enlist in the military if he or she has been adjudicated delinquent of an offense?
6. Does a juvenile adjudication of delinquency mandate that the child submit a DNA sample that will be kept by law enforcement?
7. How can a juvenile adjudication of delinquency be expunged?
8. Is a juvenile adjudication of delinquency a criminal conviction?
9. Will a juvenile adjudication of delinquency affect driving privileges?