Being convicted of a crime in California is a serious matter. If the person found guilty is a juvenile, he or she may face tremendous challenges as the legal process continues to unfold. Where certain criminal offenses are concerned, juveniles are required to register as offenders, similar to what adults convicted of sex crimes must do in many cases.
In some states, information garnered through the criminal registration of a juvenile is prohibited from being made known to the public. In other words, the data is used solely within the juvenile criminal justice system. However, there are other states where access to such information is much more widespread.
California is not one of the six states that have separate sex offender registration laws for juveniles and adults. It is also not one of the states that specifies the youngest age at which a convicted juvenile offender must register. Some states allow juveniles in particular situations to request removal from required registration programs.
Basically, the type of information that may be included in registries for juveniles convicted of criminal offenses related to sex crimes varies by state. Having to register as a sex offender obviously may bear significant impact on a young person’s future. From educational pursuits to seeking gainful employment, attempting to move forward in life and minimize the negative consequences of an incident that occurred in one’s youth may be especially challenging if one must continue to register as a criminal for the rest of one’s life. In California or any other state, long before a conviction is handed down, a juvenile may be represented in court by an experienced criminal law advocate who would know what type of strategy should be executed to increase chances of a successful outcome.
Source: csom.org, “How do Registration Laws Apply to Juvenile Offenders in Different States?“, Accessed on Nov. 28, 2016