What does “expunction” mean?

Expunction is a procedure available to a juvenile convicted of a crime, where the offense is removed from the juvenile's record at the point the law no longer applies. For example, a juvenile convicted of a single alcohol-related offense, could apply to the court to have the conviction removed when the juvenile turns 21). The person must make a written request to have the records expunged. The request must be made under oath. There is a $30 fee.

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1. Can’t we just pay the fine and be done with it?
2. Can my child come to court alone so I don’t have to take off work?
3. How should my child plead?
4. Will my child have a record?
5. What does “expunction” mean?
6. Can my child have a court appointed attorney to represent him/her?
7. Can I speak for my child at trial?
8. How much will my child have to pay?
9. How does community service work?
10. Where can I find an alcohol or tobacco class?