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Juvenile Probation
Collateral Sequences Checklist
Access to Higher Education
  • A delinquency adjudication does not need to be reported on many college applications and does not bar access to federal financial aid for higher education.

Access to Schools

  • Children may be expelled from school for delinquency adjudications for certain offenses and information about delinquency adjudications will be sent to the next school if they choose to transfer.

Adjudication of Delinquency

  • A delinquency adjudication is not an adult conviction but is often treated like one.
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Adult Sentencing

  • A juvenile's record of delinquency adjudication for certain offenses can significantly affect sentencing for a criminal conviction as an adult.

Carrying a Firearm

  • Children adjudicated delinquent of certain very serious offense will be prevented from carrying a firearm when they are otherwise legally permitted to do so.
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DNA Samples

  • Children adjudicated delinquent of felony offense and some misdemeanor offenses are required to submit a DNA sample to the state DNA database.
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Driver's License

  • A child's driving license may be suspended as a result of a delinquency adjudication for certain drug, alcohol, and driving offenses.
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Employment Opportunities

  • A child's ability to obtain employment or acquire licenses for certain professions may be hindered by a delinquency adjudication.


  • Juvenile records may be expunged five years after the child's discharge from court supervision, or sooner under certain circumstances.
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Fines, Court Costs & Restitution

  • Children who are adjudicated delinquent are required to pay fines and court costs and may be required to pay restitution.
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Immigration Status

  • A delinquency adjudication can affect a child's immigration status.

Jury Service

  • A young person who turns 18 is able to serve on a jury, despite an adjudication of delinquency for any offense.

Juvenile Court Open to the Public

  • Juvenile courts are open to the public if a child is 12 years old and charged with certain very serious offenses or the child is 14 years old or older and charged with any felony offense
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Public Housing

  • A delinquency adjudication may affect access to public housing.


  • A delinquency adjudication may affect a young person's ability to enlist in the military.
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Records Open to the Public
  • Juvenile records are open to the public if a 12 or 13-year-old is adjudicated delinquent of certain very serious offenses, or if a child who is 14 years or older is adjudicated delinquent of any felony offense.
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Sex Offense Registration
  • Currently, children do not have to register as sexual offenders in Pennsylvania. However, the adoption of existing federal legislation could require retroactive registration.

  • A young person who turns 18 is able to register and vote, despite a delinquency adjudication for any offense.