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Applying to college with a juvenile arrest record

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

For most teenagers, the final year of high school means parties and looking forward to attending college or employment. For some high school seniors or even juniors, applying to a college can result in stress and anxiety, especially if the college application materials included the mention of a criminal record.

The result of a bad decision like driving under the influence (DUI) or vandalizing some property can result in an arrest. Even a silly Halloween prank gone wrong can land you in trouble. If you are arrested in the state of Arizona for a minor offense, there is a good chance you can have your criminal record cleared.

In Arizona, this is called setting aside a judgment and if granted, your arrest record will be effectively wiped out.In Tempe, Phoenix or other communities in Maricopa County, it is important that you consult experienced Arizona DUI lawyers like those associated with the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

Unfortunately, childhood brushes with the law can have a long-term impact on a young person's future rights and options. Defense attorneys understand the importance of mitigating charges and penalties at the outset to protect young offenders. Common crimes associated with juveniles include drug or alcohol possession, drinking and driving, driving without a license and petty theft. More serious crimes may include drug trafficking or distribution, felony assault or battery, weapons possession, or sex crimes. The nature of the criminal offense will have an impact your penalties, as well as how severely it may impact your future job or college opportunities.

If you are now applying for college, remember that not all colleges will take your criminal history into account when reviewing your application and deciding to accept you as a student. If a college application asks whether you were ever convicted of a crime, you can answer no if you were charged but not convicted. If you are over the age of 18 and your conviction was set aside, you can also answer no to this question.

Once your Arizona arrest record is cleared up, you may be able to own a gun, vote and find the employment application process easier. As with everything in the law there are exceptions. You won't be able to set aside a conviction in the state of Arizona if the crime you were involved in caused serious physical injury or a deadly weapon was used.

Additionally, your request to set aside the records of your arrest will be automatically denied if the crime involved a sexual nature or put a child under the age of 15 in danger. Also, if it involved a driving violation with a suspended license, your request will be denied.

Obviously, if the matter was later dismissed or if there was a verdict of not guilty, you will be able to set aside your arrest record in the state of Arizona a lot quicker. Even if you were found guilty of a criminal offense you can still petition for a set aside if you have completed your jail sentence, probation or any substance abuse programs ordered by the court. These programs could also include anger management courses.

Getting your records set aside in the state of Arizona means going before the court again and presenting all of the appropriate documentation and proof of the completion of your sentence. To prepare this hearing, the assistance of an experience Arizona attorney is essential.

It is important that your DUI legal situation should be handled by expert professionals with the experience possessed by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C. Our office offers free consultations for all DUI and criminal matters. Our Arizona DUI attorneys and Arizona criminal lawyers can provide you with the experience and knowledge needed for qualified representation. An experienced Arizona DUI lawyer is vital in DUI cases and our DUI attorneys set that standard. If you're in need of a criminal defense, our Arizona criminal attorneys are ready to assist you.

About the Author

Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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