A criminal record is typically considered a juvenile criminal record if the perpetrator of the crime was under the age of 18 when they committed the crime. Many people who have committed a felony or other serious criminal offense in their youth did so out of peer pressure, being in the wrong crowd, adolescent emotion or from other outside influences that don’t completely represent the individual. In these cases these juveniles have to deal with the court system, perform community service, pay restitution, and spend time in a correctional facility or some other kind of punishment for the wrong they have done. These individuals quite often are not repeat offenders and can easily be re-assimilated back into free society and become productive law abiding citizens. For this reason the United States of America’s court systems usually seal juvenile records from the public view thus allowing these individuals to enter adulthood with a clean slate and not allow a singularity in their past to prevent them from creating a worthwhile future.
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