Look here for information on the extent to which juvenile cases remain under wraps. (For state-specific information on sealing juvenile court records, see Expunging or Sealing a Juvenile Court Record, and click on the link to your state.)
Are juvenile court records automatically sealed when a minor becomes an adult?
Normally, a person who meets a state’s eligibility requirements for the sealing of juvenile court records has to file a petition with the court to actually get them sealed.
Is there a difference between "sealing" and "expunging" juvenile records?
Many young—and even older—adults who were in trouble with the law as juveniles reasonably wonder whether they can have the relevant records sealed or expunged.
Sealing Juvenile Court Records
Former juvenile offenders may be able to get a fresh start of sorts by filing a petition in court seeking expungement (sealing) of a juvenile court conviction.
Exceptions to Confidentiality of Juvenile Criminal Records
To a much greater extent that its adult counterpart, the juvenile criminal justice system focuses on rehabilitation and guards against the stigma of being labeled a criminal.