Expungement is the process of removing a criminal record from being viewed by the public. This process is available to both adults and juveniles who have been convicted of criminal charges. In Maryland, a juvenile criminal record can potentially be expunged if the person involved received a juvenile citation or if a child in need of supervision citation was filed. But there are many steps involved in a juvenile record expungement. So here are the first steps that are involved in the process.
The first step is for the person in question to file a petition for expungement with a Maryland court. The petitioner must fill out a specific form entitled 'Petition for Expungement of Juvenile Records' which basically details the criminal charges that the petitioner was convicted of. The petitioner can then file this form at the same court where their juvenile citation was filed.
The next step is for the court to serve the petition to different concerned parties. These include the State attorney, each victim of the crime that the petitioner was convicted of as well as every family member of the victim who is listed in the court records for the case.
After everyone has been served by the court, these individuals are then allowed to file an objection to the expungement with the court. An objection must be filed in the same court where the petition was filed. In the objection, the individual states why they think that the objection should not be granted.
There are additional steps to the juvenile expungement process which will be explained in next week's blog. However, any Maryland resident who is considering filing for a juvenile expungement may want to speak to a criminal defense attorney in order to understand all of the steps involved with this procedure.
Source: peoples-law.org, "Steps in the juvenile expungement process", Accessed Dec. 6, 2015