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Expunging Your Juvenile Record from the Eyes of Criminal Background Checks

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Imagine you are going to apply for your dream job. You walk into your interview with your resume, reference letters, experience and a long list of awards in hand. Your interviewer loves you and feels you are perfect for the job.

But, you are a thirty-five year-old male who does not exactly have a clean record, and without a clean record, you could risk losing the opportunity to snag your dream job. You start to sweat when they hand you the background screening authorization form.

Could this really be happening? Could the not-so-great past-me be preventing the adult and grown-up me from snagging the job of my dreams? That juvenile record was obtained so long ago. The worst part about the whole situations is that your record is from that one summer when you were a rebellious sixteen-year-old, running with the wrong crowd, wreaking havoc all over Southern New Jersey and Philly.

How in the world are you going to fix your juvenile record or explain yourself to your potential future employer? The answer to fixing your record so that it does not show up in a criminal background check is expungement.

"An expungement is the removal and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement, criminal justice agency or juvenile justice agency concerning a person's apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal or juvenile justice system," according to the a New Jersey public document about expunging a juvenile record from the eyes of a criminal background check.

Basically, if an expungement appeal is approved, your juvenile record is sealed or removed and is therefore considered to have not happened at all. When a juvenile record is sealed, it does not show up on a background screening and will not be held against you in the future. It's almost like a get out of jail free card.

Depending on the expungement process for your state, you may or may not be able to complete this process without a lawyer; however, in many cases, a lawyer is necessary to remove your juvenile record from the reaches of a criminal background check.

While you might not feel the need to remove your juvenile record from your background, in the future you may wish you had. Consult criminal background checking companies and learn the importance of a clean record. A clean record can help you snag your dream job when previously attained juvenile records smog up your criminal background screening.

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