The Houston Bar Association’s Juvenile Records Sealing Project was created in 2013 to give juveniles convicted of minor, non-violent offenses a second chance. With their records sealed, these young people can join the military, apply for jobs in government, and attend college without the stigma of a juvenile criminal record. The program grew out of the HBA’s Juvenile Consequences Partnership (JCP), a partnership with Harris County Juvenile Probation, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department.
Juveniles ages 10-17 who are arrested for non-violent misdemeanor crimes can be diverted into a process that allows their case to be dismissed if they follow a program that includes attending a JCP class, along with at least one parent. The HBA’s program primarily seals records for juveniles who are granted deferred adjudication or who participated in the Divert 90 or Divert 180 programs, which include the JCP component.
For more information on if you qualify for the records sealing program, call 713-759-1133.