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Youth records

How does being charged affect my record?

If you're charged with a crime, you always get a youth record.

Even if you're not charged, the police might make notes or keep other types of information about you if they suspect you committed a crime.

And if you weren't charged because you completed extrajudicial measuresExtrajudicial measures are options for dealing with a young person either instead of charging them or instead of going to court. For example, the young person might do volunteer work, pay back the victim of the crime, or go to a special program. Special programs are more formal options that are called extrajudicial sanctions.X , you always get a youth record. This is because the police must keep a record of extrajudicial measures.

The police might never remove information like notes or records of extrajudicial measuresExtrajudicial measures are options for dealing with a young person either instead of charging them or instead of going to court. For example, the young person might do volunteer work, pay back the victim of the crime, or go to a special program. Special programs are more formal options that are called extrajudicial sanctions.X from your record. The law doesn't say when or even if they have to remove the information.

But the information on extrajudicial measuresExtrajudicial measures are options for dealing with a young person either instead of charging them or instead of going to court. For example, the young person might do volunteer work, pay back the victim of the crime, or go to a special program. Special programs are more formal options that are called extrajudicial sanctions.X can only be used by certain people for a few reasons. For example, the police could use the information to decide whether to offer you extrajudicial measures again.

It's important to talk to a youth criminal lawyer before agreeing to extrajudicial measuresExtrajudicial measures are options for dealing with a young person either instead of charging them or instead of going to court. For example, the young person might do volunteer work, pay back the victim of the crime, or go to a special program. Special programs are more formal options that are called extrajudicial sanctions.X so you understand who can use the information and how they can use it.

(Reviewed August 2015)