Overview Description

A record relating to a juvenile adjudication can be sealed unless the court finds that the general public's right to information substantially outweighs the juvenile's interest in privacy. 15 M.R.S.A. § 3308(8).

Ineligible Category or Citation

The person is ineligible to seal if the person has been subsequently adjudicated of a juvenile crime or convicted of an adult crime. 15 M.R.S.A. § 3308(8)(A)(2). The person is also ineligible to seal if the person has proceedings pending for a juvenile or other crime. 15 M.R.S.A. § 3308(8)(A)(3).

Procedure General

There is no statutory language regarding procedure.

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding fees.

Effect

The person can legally respond to inquiries from any party other than courts and criminal justice agencies as if the juvenile crimes had never occurred. 15 M.R.S.A. § 3308(8)(D).

Sealed records can still be accessed by criminal justice agencies for employment purposes. 15 M.R.S.A. § 3308(7)(B), (8)(C)(1).

Waiting Periods

A petition can be filed three years after the person's discharge from the disposition ordered for that juvenile crime.

 

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