A criminal record can have significant impact on a person’s day-to-day life, affecting everything from employment and housing to higher education. In most states, juvenile records automatically seal when a person turns 18, but in Washington state, that is not the case. A group of students from Gonzaga University School of Law will be holding three clinics over the next six months to help community members seal their juvenile criminal records.
Continuing A New Tradition
This is the second year Gonzaga Law students have organized clinics to help seal juvenile records for free. This year’s clinics are set for Oct. 19, Feb. 1 (2014), and March 22 (2014) from 10 a.m. to noon at Gonzaga Law School (721 N. Cincinnati St.). Due to last year’s overwhelming response, appointments are encouraged, but not required. In order to make an appointment, call the Juvenile record sealing contact at (509) 469-9491 or via email.
“The Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic affords many people in our community with a fresh start,” said Jon Jackson, clinic organizer. “The process to seal a juvenile record is painstaking. Our clinic volunteers are able to clarify the process and make it more accessible to individuals who need our support.”
Criteria for Juvenile Record Sealing
Staffed by law students and volunteer attorneys, the clinics will help people seal their juvenile records if they are eligible to be sealed. Individuals with a history of serious crimes – or criminal history in other states – may not be eligible.
To qualify for juvenile recording sealing, an individual must meet three criteria:
- For a juvenile misdemeanor, class C or class B felony, individuals must have been released from confinement at least two years ago or they must have completed a diversion or deferred disposition. For class A felonies, individuals must have been released from confinement at least five years ago.
- Individuals must have remained crime-free since their last conviction.
- Individuals must owe no court-ordered fines or fees.
For more information, please contact the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic at via email.