Sealing Juvenile Sex Offenses

Washington State recently enacted legislation permitting most juveniles to request that their record of a sex offense be sealed. RCW 13.50.050. A sealed record enables your child to state they have never been convicted of a sex offense and prevents the public from accessing the record. Sealing the record of a juvenile sex offense is not easy. In most cases, the prosecutor will oppose the motion. The victim will have an opportunity to state their opinion about whether or not the case should be sealed. Michele has extensive experience preparing and presenting motions to seal juvenile sex offenses. Through extensive work in this area Michele has also built positive relationships with the prosecutor’s office and treatment providers. Maintaining a positive relationship with these two groups helps determine the right time to bring a motion successfully.