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Did You Know Juvenile Records are Sealed when a Person Turns 18?

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When
your child turns 18, his or her juvenile criminal records will be sealed. So it may be that right now, you and your child are coping with their arrest and how it will affect them in the future, but know that when they turn 18, it will be a new chapter for them.

Juvenile Records Are Sealed

On the 18th birthday in order for the now-adult to venture into adulthood with promise. As a youth, an arrest can be a very frightening experience, especially for someone so young with so much of their life ahead of them. It can mentally bother them from time to time, but it will not prevent them from living a productive, full, happy life. Colleges, landlords, banks, employers, etc. will not see juvenile records when the time comes for them to do background checks. Of course, if this same juvenile, now an adult, gets arrested as an adult, then yes, these people can and will certainly see the arrest record.

So, parents, if you and your family are going through some tough times right now with your rebellious, somewhat troublesome teenager, we hope that this gives you a little relief, knowing this incident will essentially disappear when they turn 18 and become a legal adult.

Please note that youths cannot post bail, since they are released to their parents and legal guardians. Bail bonds are available for adult arrestees who are eligible for bail. If you happen to know someone who needs one, or if you are going to need one in the future, contact Madera Bail Bond Store.

We can be reached online and at 559-674-0444.

Moral Obligation vs. Legal Obligation to Report a Crime

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Some
people believe that if they witness a crime, they must report it to the police; if they do not, they themselves are committing a crime. Actually though, in most cases, this is not true. A person may feel the moral obligation to report the crime, but they do not have a legal obligation to do so.

However, California does have mandatory reporting laws for certain people and situations. This applies to people in certain professions, like teachers, therapists, social workers, and medical professions, to name a few. If they suspect abuse against the people they are caring for, they are required to report this to the police.

Back to the general rule: if you are an ordinary citizen and you see someone stealing from a store, you are not required to report it. It may be on your conscience, but the police cannot arrest you for not telling them about the incident. If someone else reported the incident, the police may want to question you and get the details of what you may have witnessed. They still will not arrest you for not reporting the crime yourself.

Do the Police Need a Search Warrant for my Social Media?

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You
know that the police are looking at social media when they are investigating cases. What you may not know is whether they are allowed to do this with or without your consent or a warrant. So, here is what you should know:

  • Content posted on public sites and accounts are considered evidence “in plain view” because anyone who has Internet access and access to sites like Facebook can see it. There are no viewing restrictions so the police are free to scour this without a warrant.
  • When content is posted on a private account, like a private Facebook account that is only viewable to the user and his or her Facebook friends, then the police need a search warrant to gain viewing access.

Just Like It Is Advisable

To use discretion when posting content on social media because a person is weary about employers seeing it, it is advisable to use discretion so that it never lands you in legal trouble with the law. Social media has aided the police in many cases, do not let that be the case for you.

People who have been arrested can be eligible for bail. If this happens to someone you know and you want to help bail them out of jail, contact Madera Bail Bond Store online or at 559-674-0444.