In NJ, most sex offense convictions cannot be expunged. This also applies to juveniles who have committed sex offenses. To put it another way, juveniles who were adjudicated of a sex offense cannot get their records “expunged.” But, NJ law allows people to petition the court to seal their juvenile records. If a juvenile was adjudicated of a sex offense, then he/she may file a motion to seal those records.
What does it mean to seal juvenile sex offense records?
If the court grants a Motion to Seal Juvenile Records, then all documents related to the case will be sealed. This means that all references to the sex offense adjudication will be marked “not available” or “no record.” Sealed records are only kept for limited purposes. Also, sealed records may only be inspected if a motion to inspect the sealed records is filed with a court. If this motion is made, then the court will conduct a hearing where the juvenile adjudicant may oppose the motion.
What is the benefit of sealing records?
Juvenile sex offenses cannot be expunged, so sealing the records is a way to obtain enhanced privacy. If a court grants a Motion to Seal Juvenile Records, then the following occurs:
The juvenile’s sex offense records are excluded from public access.
Law enforcement MUST reply that there is NO RECORD to an inquiry about a juvenile’s sex offense records.
The person whose records have been sealed can respond that there is NO RECORD.
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