Expungement of Juvenile Offenses
Fortunately, there are several places in the law of Mississippi that recognize the “rambunctious” nature of juveniles / minors / those underage. In addition to the other provisions regarding expungement discussed elsewhere on this site, several other provisions exclusive to juveniles include:
Expungement for Minor Purchasing Alcoholic Beverages
Section 67-3-70 of the Mississippi Code states that any person under the age of 21 that purchases or possesses light wine or beer, or who states that they are 21 or who uses a fake ID to make a purchase, and is convicted of it, “may, not sooner than one (1) year after the dismissal and discharge or completion of any sentence and/or payment of any fine, apply to the court for an order to expunge from all official records all recordation relating to his arrest, trial, finding or plea of guilty, and dismissal and discharge.”
Youth Court Proceedings
The Mississippi Youth Court system is a parallel court system with exclusive jurisdiction (with a few exceptions) over juveniles in the state. Clarence has represented numerous young men and women in Youth Court, and this is one of the most rewarding areas of his practice. By law, these proceedings are closed to the public, and there are a number of rules and statutes regarding the confidentiality of the proceedings and records. After the proceedings are complete, the Youth Court has the power to order the expungement and possibly the destruction of Youth Court records. Call The Guthrie Firm, PLLC if you have any questions regarding the confidentiality and possible expungement of Youth Court records.